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
Origin and Etymology of dong quai
Chinese (southern Fujian) dōngguī (or a cognate form in another Chinese dialect)
First Known Use: 1988See Words from the same year
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