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cowbane

[ kou-beyn ]
/ ˈkaʊˌbeɪn /
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noun
any of several poisonous plants of the parsley family, as Oxypolis rigidior, of swampy areas of North America, or the water hemlock, Cicuta maculata.
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Origin of cowbane

First recorded in 1770–80; cow1 + bane
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British Dictionary definitions for cowbane

cowbane
/ (ˈkaʊˌbeɪn) /

noun
Also called: water hemlock any of several N temperate poisonous umbelliferous marsh plants of the genus Cicuta, esp C. virosa, having clusters of small white flowers
a similar and related plant, Oxypolis rigidior of the southeastern and central US
any umbelliferous plant reputed to be poisonous to cattle
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