Definition of cohosh in English:

cohosh

Syllabification: co·hosh
Pronunciation: /ˈkōˌhäSH
 
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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).
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    • 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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