blue cohosh


See under cohosh.

Origin of blue cohosh

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25


[koh-hosh, koh-hosh]


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

1790–1800, Americanism; < Eastern Abenaki kkwὰhas Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for blue cohosh



any of several North American plants, such as the blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides: family Leonticaceae) and black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa: family Ranunculaceae)

Word Origin for cohosh

C18: probably of Algonquian origin
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