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Any of several North American plants, especially blue cohosh, black cohosh, and baneberry.

[From Eastern Abenaki kkwὰhas.]


(ˈkəʊhɒʃ; kəʊˈhɒʃ)
(Plants) any of several North American plants, such as the blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides: family Leonticaceae) and black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa: family Ranunculaceae)
[C18: probably of Algonquian origin]


(ˈkoʊ hɒʃ, koʊˈhɒʃ)

either of two unrelated plants of the eastern U.S., Cimicifugaracemosa, of the buttercup family, or Caulophyllumthalictroides, of the barberry family: both used in folk medicine.
[1790–1800, Amer.; < Eastern Abenaki kkwάhas]
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Noun1.cohosh - a plant of the genus Actaea having acrid poisonous berriescohosh - a plant of the genus Actaea having acrid poisonous berries
Actaea, genus Actaea - baneberry
baneberry - a poisonous berry of a plant of the genus Actaea
Actaea rubra, red baneberry, snakeberry, redberry, red-berry - North American perennial herb with alternately compound leaves and racemes of small white flowers followed by bright red oval poisonous berries
Actaea alba, doll's eyes, white baneberry, white bead, white cohosh - North American herb with white poisonous berries
poisonous plant - a plant that when touched or ingested in sufficient quantity can be harmful or fatal to an organism