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cowbane

[kou-beyn] /ˈkaʊˌbeɪn/
noun
1.
any of several poisonous plants of the parsley family, as Oxypolis rigidior, of swampy areas of North America, or the water hemlock, Cicuta maculata.
Origin of cowbane
1770-1780
1770-80; cow1 + bane
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British Dictionary definitions for cowbane

cowbane

/ˈkaʊˌbeɪn/
noun
1.
Also called water hemlock. any of several N temperate poisonous umbelliferous marsh plants of the genus Cicuta, esp C. virosa, having clusters of small white flowers
2.
a similar and related plant, Oxypolis rigidior of the southeastern and central US
3.
any umbelliferous plant reputed to be poisonous to cattle
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