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bugbane

[buhg-beyn]
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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 of bugbane

1795–1805; bug1 + bane; so called because it supposedly repels insects
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British Dictionary definitions for bugbane

bugbane

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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