- any of several plants of the genus Panax, especially P. pseudoginseng, of eastern Asia, or P. qinquefolius, of North America, having an aromatic root used medicinally.
- the root itself.
- a preparation made from it.
Origin of ginseng
Examples from the Web for ginseng
Contemporary Examples of ginseng
There are several herbs used as supplements that fall under the term ginseng, though the most common is Panax ginseng.Fish Oil, Turmeric, and Ginseng, Oh My! Are ‘Brain Foods’ B.S.?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
October 10, 2014
What is that white lady doing with that handful of ginseng roots and bonito flakes?How a New England Yankee Conquered China
July 14, 2009
Historical Examples of ginseng
If it had not been for ginseng in Minnesota, many of the pioneers would have gone hungry.
After ginseng is steamed and dried, it is the color of amber.
Of the Ginseng thus collected the root is the only part preserved.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
He replied that he resided on the French Broad, and was a dealer in ginseng.Letters from the Alleghany Mountains
Ginseng at that time was plenty, and commanded a high price.A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison
James E. Seaver
- either of two araliaceous plants, Panax schinseng of China or P. quinquefolius of North America, whose forked aromatic roots are used medicinally
- the root of either of these plants or a substance obtained from the roots, believed to possess stimulant, tonic, and energy-giving properties
Word Origin for ginseng
1690s, from Chinese jen-shen. First element means "man," but the meaning of the second is obscure.