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blue cohosh

noun
1.
See under cohosh.
Origin of blue cohosh
1815-1825
1815-25, 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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  • I am also equally curious to know if anything eats the fruit of the red and white baneberry and the blue cohosh.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • blue cohosh possesses a slight odor and a sweetish, somewhat bitter and acrid taste.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
British Dictionary definitions for blue cohosh

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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