Definition of cohosh in English:

cohosh

Line breaks: co¦hosh
Pronunciation: /kəˈhɒʃ
 
/

noun

Either of two medicinal plants native to North America:
  • (also black cohosh) A plant of the buttercup family, with small white flowers (Cimicifuga racemosa, family Ranunculaceae). (also blue cohosh) A plant of the barberry family (Caulophyllum thalictroides, family Berberidaceae).
More example sentences
  • Some of the herbs that are listed as ingredients include damiana, chaste tree, black cohosh and saw palmetto.
  • Black cohosh should not be confused with the blue cohosh herb (also known as Caulophyllum thalictroides), which is used for different indications and has a greater potential for toxicity.
  • Research on natural hormone-like phytoestrogenic compounds - isoflavones - that are found in soy, red clover, black cohosh, etc., suggests that these ‘plant hormones’ can slow bone loss.

Origin

late 18th century: from Eastern Abnaki.

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