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  • n. Alternative form of cowage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leguminous climbing plant of the genus Mucuna, having crooked pods covered with sharp hairs, which stick to the fingers, causing intolerable itching. The spiculæ are sometimes used in medicine as a mechanical vermifuge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hairs of the pods of a leguminous plant, Mucuna pruriens. The pod is covered with a thick coating of short, stiff, brittle brown hairs, which are retrorsely serrate toward the top. They easily penetrate the skin, and produce an intolerable itching. They are employed medicinally as a mechanical vermifuge.
  • n. The entire pods of M. pruriens.
  • n. The plant itself.
  • n. In the West Indies, a euphorbiaceous shrub, Acidoton urens, bearing capsules covered with stinging hairs. The twining cowhage of the same region is a woody climber of the same order, Tragia volubilis, with hispid capsules.

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