Ginseng Definition

jĭnsĕng
noun
Any of several perennial herbs (genus Panax) of the ginseng family, with thick, forked, aromatic roots, esp. a Chinese species (P. pseudoginseng) and a North American species (P. quinquefolium)
Webster's New World
Such a root, or a preparation made from it, used as a tonic.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
Panax pseudoginsengPanax schinsengPanax ginsengnin-sin
adjective
Designating a family (Araliaceae, order Apiales) of dicotyledonous plants, shrubs, and trees, usually having flat clusters of small, white or greenish flowers and, often, fragrant leaves, including Hercules'-club and English ivy.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Ginseng

Noun

Singular:
ginseng
Plural:
ginsengs

Origin of Ginseng

  • Mandarin rénshēn from Middle Chinese rin ʂəm rin human being, person ʂəm ginseng (the plant perhaps being so called in Middle Chinese because its forked root resembles the human figure)

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

  • From Mandarin trad. 人蔘, simpl. 人参 (pinyin: rénshēn).

    From Wiktionary

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