cohosh

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Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

cohosh (countable and uncountable, plural cohoshes)

  1. A perennial American herb (Caulophyllum thalictroides), whose rough rootstock is used in medicine.
  2. A smooth herb, Actaea racemosa, marketed for medicinal use.

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