: any of several North American medicinal or poisonous plants: such as
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, cleveland.com, 6 Aug. 2017
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