cowhage

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noun cow·hage \ˈkau̇-ij\
variants: or less commonly

cowage

Definition of cowhage

  1. :  a tropical woody vine (Mucuna pruriens) of the legume family with crooked pods covered with barbed hairs that cause severe itching; also :  these hairs formerly used as a vermifuge

Origin and Etymology of cowhage

Hindi kavā̃c, kevā̃c


First Known Use: 1640


Medical Dictionary

cowhage

noun cow·hage
variants: also

cowage

\ˈkau̇-ij\play

Medical Definition of cowhage

  1. :  a tropical leguminous woody vine (Mucuna pruriens) with crooked pods covered with barbed hairs that cause severe itching; also :  these hairs formerly used as a vermifuge


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