Ginseng meaning

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Any of several plants of the genus Panax, especially P. ginseng of East Asia or P. quinquefolius of North America, having small greenish flowers grouped in umbels, palmately compound leaves, and forked roots used in herbal medicine.
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The roots or preparations of the roots of any of these plants.
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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.
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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)
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Such a root, or a preparation made from it, used as a tonic.
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Any of several plants of the genus Panax, especially P. ginseng of East Asia or P. quinquefolius of North America, having small greenish flowers grouped in umbels, palmately compound leaves, and forked roots used in herbal medicine.
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The roots or preparations of the roots of any of these plants.
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Any of several plants, of the genus Panax, having forked roots supposed to have medicinal properties.
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The root of such a plant, or an extract of these roots.
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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