dong quai

noun

ˈdäŋ-ˈkwī How to pronounce dong quai (audio)
ˈdȯŋ-
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dong quai was in 1988

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Cite this Entry

“Dong quai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dong%20quai. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

: 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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