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[koh-hosh, koh-hosh] /ˈkoʊ hɒʃ, koʊˈhɒʃ/
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 of cohosh
Eastern Abenaki
1790-1800, Americanism; < Eastern Abenaki kkwὰhas Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You should be able to design a number of pretty things from the cohosh leaves and berries, too.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • Another flower of the summer woods and hillsides is the cohosh, with a stem from three to eight feet high.

    Woodcraft Alan Douglas
  • She learned the uses and prices of the plant, and also made drawings of cohosh, moonseed and bloodroot.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
British Dictionary definitions for cohosh


/ˈkəʊhɒʃ; kəʊˈhɒʃ/
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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