[ doong-chwahy ]
/ ˈdʊŋ ˈtʃwaɪ /
an aromatic herb, Angelica sinensis, of the parsley family, native to China and Japan, used to treat menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome, and menstrual irregularity.
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Origin of dong quai
First recorded in 1975–80; from a southern Chinese dialect, equivalent to Mandarin dāng guī “ought to return” (from the folk belief that the herb makes the blood return where it ought to)
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Medical definitions for dong quai
[ dung kwā, kwī ]
A perennial aromatic herb (Angelica sinensis) native to China and Japan, having a root that is used medicinally for gynecological complaints such as premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, and menopausal symptoms.
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