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Etymology 1[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


cowish (uncountable)

  1. An umbelliferous plant (Peucedanum cous) with edible tuberous roots, found in Oregon, USA.

Etymology 2[edit]

cow +‎ -ish


cowish (comparative more cowish, superlative most cowish)

  1. timorous; fearful; cowardly
    • Shakespeare, King Lear, IV, ii
      It is the cowish terror of his spirit, / That dares not undertake.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for cowish in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)