An evergreen perennial plant (Galax urceolata) of the eastern United States, having a rosette of glossy, heart-shaped leaves and tall spikelike racemes of small white flowers.
A dicotyledonous evergreen plant (Galax aphylla) of the SE U.S., with shiny leaves (often used in wreaths) and small, white flowers.
Origin of galax
- New Latin Galax genus name ultimately from Greek gala galakt- milk galaxy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition