Definition of cowage in English:


Syllabification: cow·age
Pronunciation: /ˈkouij
(also cowhage)


  • A leguminous climbing plant, Mucuna pruriens, with hairy pods that cause stinging and itching.
    More 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.


mid 17th century: from Hindi kāuñc.

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