dong quai

noun
\ ˈdäŋ-ˈkwī How to pronounce dong quai (audio) , ˈdȯŋ- \

Definition of dong quai

: the root of an Asian angelica (Angelica sinensis) used especially in traditional Chinese medicine as a tonic, analgesic, antispasmodic, and laxative also : an extract or preparation of dong quai

First Known Use of dong quai

1988, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dong quai

Chinese (southern Fujian) dōngguī (or a cognate form in another Chinese dialect)

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“Dong quai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dong%20quai. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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dong quai

noun
\ ˈdäŋ-ˈkwī, ˈdȯŋ- How to pronounce dong quai (audio) \

Medical Definition of dong quai

: the root of an Asian angelica (Angelica sinensis) used especially in traditional Chinese medicine as a tonic, analgesic, antispasmodic, and laxative also : an extract or preparation of dong quai

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