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bugbane

[buhg-beyn] /ˈbʌgˌbeɪn/
noun
1.
any of several tall, erect plants belonging to the genus Cimicifuga, of the buttercup family, as C. americana, of the eastern U.S., having loose, elongated clusters of white flowers.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; bug1 + bane; so called because it supposedly repels insects
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bugbane

/ˈbʌɡˌbeɪn/
noun
1.
any of several ranunculaceous plants of the genus Cimicifuga, esp C. foetida of Europe, whose flowers are reputed to repel insects
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any of about 15 species of tall perennial herb constituting the genus Cimicifuga of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) native to North Temperate woodlands. They are said to put bugs to flight by the rustling of their dried seed heads

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