cowhage

noun
cow·​hage | \ ˈkau̇-ij How to pronounce cowhage (audio) \
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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cowhage. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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cowhage

noun
cow·​hage
variants: also cowage \ ˈkau̇-​ij How to pronounce cowage (audio) \

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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