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cohosh

[ koh-hosh, koh-hosh ]
/ ˈkoʊ hɒʃ, koʊˈhɒʃ /
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noun

either of two unrelated plants of the eastern U.S., Cimicifuga racemosa(black cohosh, or squawroot ), of the buttercup family, or Caulophyllum thalictroides(blue cohosh, or papoose-root ), of the barberry family, both used medicinally.

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Origin of cohosh

First recorded in 1790–1800, Americanism; from Eastern Abenaki kkwὰhas
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British Dictionary definitions for cohosh

cohosh
/ (ˈkəʊhɒʃ, kəʊˈhɒʃ) /

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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