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cowage Syllabification: cow·age
Pronunciation: /ˈkouij/

Entry from US English dictionary

(also cowhage)

Definition of cowage in English:

noun

A leguminous climbing plant, Mucuna pruriens, with hairy pods that cause stinging and itching.
Example sentences
  • The worst are those of M. pruriens (not the same as New Zealand cowage), since its itching quality drives cattle wild.
  • In combination with cowage seed and ashwagandha extracts, this formula promotes vitality and strength.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Hindi kāuñc.

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