from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various Asian shrubs of the genus Ephedra, especially E. sinica, from which the drug ephedrine is obtained.
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- n. Any of various plants of the Ephedra genus, especially Ephedra sinica, used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
Chinese (Mandarin) má huáng : má, hemp + huáng, yellow.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Mandarin 麻 黃. (Wiktionary)