black-cohosh

black cohosh

noun
1.
See under cohosh.

Origin:
1820–30, Americanism

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cohosh

[koh-hosh, koh-hosh]
noun
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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black cohosh
 
n
a plant of the ranunculaceous family, Cimicifuga racemosa, which is used as a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy

cohosh (ˈkəʊhɒʃ, kəʊˈhɒʃ)
 
n
any of several North American plants, such as the blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides: family Leonticaceae) and black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa: family Ranunculaceae)
 
[C18: probably of Algonquian origin]

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