American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Cimicifuga, native to northern temperate regions and including the black cohosh.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to species of the ranuneulaceous genus of plants Cimicifuga, in Europe to C. fætens, and in the United States to C. racemosa and C. Americana, from their reputed virtues as destroyers of bugs. The name is sometimes applied to the white hellebore, Veratrum viridc. Also called bugwort.
- n. The baneberry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A perennial white-flowered herb of the order Ranunculaceæ and genus Cimiciguga; bugwort. There are several species.
- n. a plant of the genus Cimicifuga having flowers in long racemes or panicles reported to be distasteful to insects
- n. North American plant having large leaves and yellowish green flowers growing in racemes; yields a toxic alkaloid used medicinally
- bug + bane (Wiktionary)
“A dark bugbane (formally known as Actaea racemosa or Cimicifuga), which grows almost three feet tall, is one of my favorites for its odd-shaped leaves and color.”
“In good soil and a partly shaded spot we have no handsomer plant in bloom than the tall bugbane (_Cimicifuga racemosa_); from a bunch of thrifty leaves arise a dozen scapes of racemes, creamy white, and six feet high.”
“_Cimicifuga_, meaning to drive away bugs, and the old folk-name of bugbane testify to a degree of offensiveness to other insects, where the flies 'enjoyment begins.”
“קוהוש שחור: Black cohosh / Cohosh bugbane / Black snakeroot”
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