cowhage

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

Definition of cowhage 

: 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

First Known Use of cowhage

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cowhage

Hindi kavā̃c, kevā̃c

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cowhage

noun
cow·hage
variants: also cowage \ˈkau̇-ij \

Medical Definition of cowhage 

: 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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