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ginseng

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɪnsɛŋ
 
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Definition of ginseng in English:

noun

1 [mass noun] A plant tuber credited with various tonic and medicinal properties.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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