Definition of ginseng in English:


Syllabification: gin·seng
Pronunciation: /ˈjinseNG


  • 1A plant tuber credited with various tonic and medicinal properties, especially in East Asia.
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    • For this reason ginseng has been called the ‘king of tonic medicine’ in the Orient and a panacea in the West.
    • Read on to learn more about ginseng's amazing healing properties.
    • They have bought a lot of ginseng and other tonics to boost his nutrition intake.
  • 2The plant from which ginseng is obtained, native to eastern Asia and North America.
    • Genus Panax, family Araliaceae: several species, in particular the Asian P. pseudoginseng and the North American P. quinquefolius
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    • Harvest herb roots including bloodroot, chicory, ginseng, and golden seal in the fall, after the foliage fades.
    • Panax ginseng is the herb most people are familiar with.


mid 17th century: from Chinese rénshēn, from rén 'man' + shēn, a kind of herb (because of the supposed resemblance of the forked root to a person).

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