Cohosh meaning

kōhŏsh
Any of several North American plants, especially blue cohosh, black cohosh, and baneberry.
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Any of several American herbs, as bugbane and baneberry.
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A North American herb (Caulophyllum thalictroides) of the barberry family, formerly used medicinally by the Indians.
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A perennial American herb (Caulophyllum thalictroides), whose rough rootstock is used in medicine.
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A smooth herb, Actaea racemosa, marketed for medicinal use.
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Origin of cohosh

  • From Eastern Abenaki kkwὰhas

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From an Algonquian word meaning "rough", probably Eastern Abenaki / Penobscot *kkwὰhas. Compare Massachusett kushki (“(it is) rough”).

    From Wiktionary