Definition of ginseng
1a : a Chinese perennial herb (Panax ginseng synonym P. schinseng of the family Araliaceae, the ginseng family) having five leaflets on each leaf, scarlet berries, and an aromatic root used in herbal medicine especially in eastern Asiab : any of several plants related to ginseng; especially : a North American herb (P. quinquefolius)
2 : the root of a ginseng
Recent Examples of ginseng from the Web
Still, rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park seize 500 to 1,000 poached ginseng roots a year, officials say.
The soup dumplings come in five different shades, each corresponding to ingredients worked into the dough: squid ink (black), ginseng (green), sweet-and-sour (pink), cheese (yellow) and traditional (white).
Red ginseng and artichoke tea was packed in cardboard boxes.
Other firms trying to tap into China’s rising class of quality-conscious consumers were also upbeat, as buyers at the sprawling fair sampled products ranging from Malaysian durian ice cream to New Zealand goat’s milk and Korean ginseng chicken soup.
Ashwagandha, also called Indian ginseng, is sweet, but also bitter, and deeply earthy.
Dwarf ginseng, a spring native wildflower, was among the early blooms spotted at Hubbard Valley Park in Seville in early March.
The subtle scent of ginseng leaves and flowers is enough on its own to put a smile on mom’s face!
The beverage also included 4 ounces of sugar and other common ingredients like taurine and ginseng.
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Origin and Etymology of ginseng
Chinese (Beijing) rénshēn
First Known Use: 1654See Words from the same year
GINSENG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ginseng for English Language Learners
: a Chinese herb that is used as a medicine
Medical Definition of ginseng
1a: a Chinese perennial herb (Panax ginseng synonym P. schinseng of the family Araliaceae, the ginseng family) having 5-foliolate leaves, scarlet berries, and an aromatic root valued especially locally as a medicineb: any of several plants (especially genus Panax) related to or used as substitutes for the Chinese ginseng; especially : a North American woodland herb (P. quinquefolius)
2: the aromatic root of a ginseng that is used in herbal medicine especially in eastern Asia
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