A plant of the genus Polygonatum (family Liliaceae) of herbaceous perennials, which bear paired, drooping, often white or yellowish-green flowers; Solomon's seal. Also (in form Polygonatum): the genus itself.
Valid publication of the genus name: P. Miller Gardeners Dict.: Abridged (ed. 4, 1754).
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Gerard (c1545–1612), herbalist. From post-classical Latin polygonatum from Hellenistic Greek πολυγόνατον, use as noun of neuter of πολυγόνατος. Compare classical Latin polygonaton a kind of thistle, knot-grass.