cow·​bane ˈkau̇-ˌbān How to pronounce cowbane (audio)
: any of several poisonous plants (such as a water hemlock) of the carrot family

Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cowbane was in 1776

Dictionary Entries Near cowbane

Cite this Entry

“Cowbane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


More from Merriam-Webster on cowbane

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!