bugbane

[ buhg-beyn ]
/ ˈbʌgˌbeɪn /

noun

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.

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Origin of bugbane

1795–1805; bug1 + bane; so called because it supposedly repels insects

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British Dictionary definitions for bugbane

bugbane
/ (ˈbʌɡˌbeɪn) /

noun

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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