blue cohosh

blue cohosh

noun
See under cohosh.

Origin:
1815–25, 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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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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