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).