co·​hosh ˈkō-ˌhäsh How to pronounce cohosh (audio)
: any of several North American medicinal or poisonous plants: such as

Examples of cohosh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blue cohosh, another plant that has been suggested as an abortifacient on TikTok, also contains methylcytisine, which in large doses can result in not just vomiting and abdominal pain, but also excessive drooling, heart arrhythmias, muscle weakness, seizures, coma, and death. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 29 June 2022 A walk through the woods reveals a trail of thick leaf litter, skirted by stands of blue cohosh, wild geraniums, may apple, and royal, cinnamon and sensitive ferns. James F. McCarty,, 6 Aug. 2017

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Word History


Eastern Abenaki kkʷὰhas

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cohosh was in 1789

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“Cohosh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


co·​hosh ˈkō-ˌhäsh How to pronounce cohosh (audio)
: any of several American medicinal or poisonous plants: as

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