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cowhage

noun cow·hage \ˈka-ij\

Definition of COWHAGE

:  a tropical woody vine (Mucuna pruriens) of the legume family with crooked pods covered with barbed hairs that cause severe itching; also :  these hairs formerly used as a vermifuge

Variants of COWHAGE

cow·hage also cow·age \ˈka-ij\

Origin of COWHAGE

Hindi kavā̃c, kevā̃c
First Known Use: 1640

cowhage

noun cow·hage   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COWHAGE

:  a tropical leguminous woody vine (Mucuna pruriens) with crooked pods covered with barbed hairs that cause severe itching; also :  these hairs formerly used as a vermifuge

Variants of COWHAGE

cow·hage also cow·age \ˈka-ij\

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