Share this entry

Share this page


Syllabification: milk·wort
Pronunciation: /ˈmilkˌwərt, -ˌwôrt

Definition of milkwort in English:


A small plant that was formerly believed to increase the milk yield of cows and nursing mothers. Its tiny flowers, which may be white, pink, yellow-orange, blue, or greenish, usually appear in cloverlike heads.
  • Genus Polygala, family Polygalaceae: several species, including the cross-leaved milkwort (P. cruciata) and the yellow milkwort (P. lutea)
Example sentences
  • Browsing among orchids, fairy flax, milkwort and oxeye daisies, John explains the problems of trying to grow wildflowers in modern gardens and the huge rewards they offer to anyone lucky enough to enjoy the right growing conditions.
  • Among the attractive flowers are four-petal Saint-John's wort, Leaven-worth's tickseed, orange milkwort, shortleaf gayfeather, showy milkwort, sleepy morning, snow squarestem, and whitetop aster.
  • On the ground, patches of yellow tormentil, blue-purple and red-magenta milkwort were growing at regular intervals, with small heath, small copper, green hairstreak and other butterfly species putting in the occasional appearance.

Words that rhyme with milkwort

ragwort • pillwort

Definition of milkwort in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day libretto
Pronunciation: lɪˈbrɛtəʊ
the text of an opera…