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black cohosh

noun
1.
See under cohosh.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism

cohosh

[koh-hosh, koh-hosh] /ˈkoʊ hɒʃ, koʊˈhɒʃ/
noun
1.
either of two unrelated plants of the eastern U.S., Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh) of the buttercup family, or Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh) of the barberry family, both used medicinally.
Origin
1790-1800, Americanism; < Eastern Abenaki kkwὰhas
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British Dictionary definitions for black cohosh

black cohosh

noun
1.
a plant of the ranunculaceous family, Cimicifuga racemosa, which is used as a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy

cohosh

/ˈkəʊhɒʃ; kəʊˈhɒʃ/
noun
1.
any of several North American plants, such as the blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides: family Leonticaceae) and black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa: family Ranunculaceae)
Word Origin
C18: probably of Algonquian origin
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