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bug·bane

 (bŭg′bān′)
n.
Any of several plants of the genus Cimicifuga in the buttercup family, native to northern temperate regions and including the black cohosh.

bugbane

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

bug•bane

(ˈbʌgˌbeɪn)

n.
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.
[1795–1805]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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.