blue cohosh


noun

See under cohosh.

Origin of blue cohosh

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25

cohosh

[koh-hosh, koh-hosh]

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for blue cohosh

cohosh

noun

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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