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Any of several plants of the genus Cimicifuga in the buttercup family, native to northern temperate regions and including the black cohosh.


(Plants) any of several ranunculaceous plants of the genus Cimicifuga, esp C. foetida of Europe, whose flowers are reputed to repel insects



any of several tall E North American plants of the genus Cimicifuga, of the buttercup family, bearing erect spikes of white flowers that exude an unpleasant odor.
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Noun1.bugbane - North American plant having large leaves and yellowish green flowers growing in racemesbugbane - North American plant having large leaves and yellowish green flowers growing in racemes; yields a toxic alkaloid used medicinally
false hellebore, hellebore - perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes
2.bugbane - a plant of the genus Cimicifuga having flowers in long racemes or panicles reported to be distasteful to insects
Cimicifuga, genus Cimicifuga - small genus of perennial herbs of north temperate regions: bugbane
American bugbane, Cimicifuga americana, summer cohosh - bugbane of the eastern United States having erect racemes of white flowers
black cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa, rattle-top, black snakeroot - North American bugbane found from Maine and Ontario to Wisconsin and south to Georgia
Cimicifuga foetida, fetid bugbane, foetid bugbane - bugbane of Siberia and eastern Asia having ill-smelling green-white flowers
ligneous plant, woody plant - a plant having hard lignified tissues or woody parts especially stems
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For summer foliage with its own contrast, search out one of the bugbanes, cimicifuga simplex 'Brunette', with its tall racemes of off-white flowers supported above a mass of brownish-purple foliage and stems.