Definition of galax in US English:

galax

noun

  • A plant of or formerly included in the genus Galax (now of the family Diapensiaceae); specifically G. urceolata (formerly G. aphylla), now the only member of the genus, a low-growing, evergreen herbaceous plant native to the southeastern United States, having shiny, heart-shaped leaves much used in floristry, and racemes of small white flowers. Also (in form Galax): the genus itself.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Colin Milne (c1743–1815), Church of England clergyman and botanist. From scientific Latin Galax, genus name (Linnaeus Species plantarum I. 200) from Hellenistic Greek γαλαξίας.

Pronunciation

galax

/ˈɡalaks/