bugbane

noun
bug·bane | \ ˈbəg-ˌbān \

Definition of bugbane 

: any of several perennial herbs (genus Cimicifuga) of the buttercup family native to northern temperate woodlands especially : black cohosh sense 1

Note: Bugbanes are sometimes classified in a closely related genus (Actaea).

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Their names were homespun: sweet pepperbush, oak leaf hydrangea, Virginia sweetspire, New Jersey tea, even bugbane. Perdita Buchan, The Christian Science Monitor, "Return of the natives," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of bugbane

1723, in the meaning defined above

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bugbane

noun
bug·bane | \ ˈbəg-ˌbān \

Medical Definition of bugbane 

: a plant of the genus Cimicifuga especially : black cohosh

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