bug·​bane ˈbəg-ˌbān How to pronounce bugbane (audio)
: 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).

Examples of bugbane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their names were homespun: sweet pepperbush, oak leaf hydrangea, Virginia sweetspire, New Jersey tea, even bugbane. Perdita Buchan, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1723, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bugbane was in 1723

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“Bugbane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bugbane. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


bug·​bane ˈbəg-ˌbān How to pronounce bugbane (audio)
: a plant of the genus Cimicifuga
especially : black cohosh

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