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

  • n. A perennial aromatic herb (Angelica sinensis) native to China and Japan, yielding a root that is used medicinally for gynecological disorders such as premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, and menopausal symptoms.


Chinese (Mandarin) dāng guī : dāng, should, ought + guī, return (from the belief that it causes blood to return where it should).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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