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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Astragalus  \As*trag"a*lus\,  n.  [L.  See  {Astragal}.] 
  1.  (Anat.)  The  ankle  bone,  or  hock  bone;  the  bone  of  the 
  tarsus  which  articulates  with  the  tibia  at  the  ankle. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  A  genus  of  papilionaceous  plants,  of  the  tribe 
  {Galege[ae]},  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.  (Arch.)  See  {Astragal},  1. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Astragalus 
  n  1:  large  genus  of  annual  or  perennial  herbs  or  shrubs  of  north 
  temperate  regions;  largest  genus  in  the  family 
  Leguminosae  [syn:  {Astragalus},  {genus  Astragalus}] 
  2:  the  bone  in  the  ankle  that  articulates  with  the  leg  bones  to 
  form  the  ankle  joint  [syn:  {anklebone},  {astragal},  {talus}] 




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