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æˈstræg ə ləs; -ˌlaɪas·tra·galus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Astragalus, genus Astragalusnoun

    large genus of annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of north temperate regions; largest genus in the family Leguminosae

  2. anklebone, astragal, astragalus, talusnoun

    the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint


  1. astragalusnoun

    The talus.

  2. astragalusnoun

    A herb genus.

  3. Etymology: From ἀστράγαλος.


  1. astragalus

    Astragalus is a large genus of flowering plants in the legume family, often used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is also known as 'milkvetch'. Moreover, in anatomy, 'astragalus' refers to a bone in the ankle and foot, also commonly known as the talus bone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Astragalusnoun

    the ankle bone, or hock bone; the bone of the tarsus which articulates with the tibia at the ankle

  2. Astragalusnoun

    a genus of papilionaceous plants, of the tribe Galegeae, containing numerous species, two of which are called, in English, milk vetch and licorice vetch. Gum tragacanth is obtained from different oriental species, particularly the A. gummifer and A. verus

  3. Astragalusnoun

    see Astragal, 1

  4. Etymology: [L. See Astragal.]


  1. Astragalus

    Astragalus is a large genus of about 3,000 species of herbs and small shrubs, belonging to the legume family Fabaceae, subfamily Faboideae. The genus is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Common names include milk-vetch, locoweed and goat's-thorn. Some pale-flowered vetches are similar in appearance, but vetches are more vine-like.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Astragalus

    as-trag′al-us, n. a bone of the foot, forming with the leg-bones the hinge of the ankle-joint, by a convex upper surface and smooth sides. [Gr.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of astragalus in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of astragalus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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