Definition of cowbane in English:


Syllabification: cow·bane
Pronunciation: /ˈkouˌbān


  • Any of a number of tall poisonous plants of the parsley family, growing in swampy or wet habitats.
    • another term for water hemlocka North American plant (Oxypolis rigidior, family Umbelliferae).
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    • Here and there lurks the rare and extremely poisonous cowbane, a treacherous relative to carrots and parsley.
    • Likewise, it's quite futile to search for daftodi (a plant of the mountains) in a swamp or cowbane in the desert.
    • A couple who have become concerned over the rapid spread of cowbane, have launched their own campaign to root out the plant.


late 18th century: from cow1 + bane, because it is poisonous to grazing cattle.

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