Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An eastern North American perennial herb (Cimicifuga racemosa) having large, pinnately compound leaves and racemes of small white flowers. Also called black snakeroot.

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  • n. A smooth herb, Actaea racemosa, marketed for medicinal use.

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  • n. North American bugbane found from Maine and Ontario to Wisconsin and south to Georgia

Etymologies

black + cohosh (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • GUPTA: She was talking about -- black cohosh was the one that she was talking about.

    CNN Transcript Aug 21, 2002

  • In three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials in the United States that compared estrogen with black cohosh, very little effect was seen on hot flashes with use of black cohosh, although in one trial there was some reduction in perspiration.23 A more recent study found that women taking a combination of St. John’s wort and black cohosh reported fewer hot flashes and less depression.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

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