chaga

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English[edit]

The conk of Inonotus obliquus on a birchtree.

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Russian ча́га (čága).

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chaga (uncountable)

  1. A parasitic fungus of trees, usually birch, found on the circumboreal region of the Northern hemisphere, Inonotus obliquus.
  2. The irregular conk of this fungus, used in East European folk medicine to treat a number of conditions.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese chaga (sore), from Latin plaga (injury), from plango (strike), from Proto-Indo-European *plak-.

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Noun[edit]

chaga f (plural chagas)

  1. sore (injured, infected, inflamed, or diseased patch of skin)

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