ginseng

noun
gin·​seng | \ ˈjin-ˌseŋ How to pronounce ginseng (audio) , -ˌsiŋ \

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 Asia
b : any of several plants related to ginseng especially : a North American herb (P. quinquefolius)
2 : the root of a ginseng

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ginseng: 1 root, 2 leaves and flowers

Examples of ginseng in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With ginseng root extract, rosemary leaf extract, and sage leaf extract, this formula will wake up your scalp, while preventing dandruff. ELLE, 11 June 2022 This shampoo harnesses the power of Korean ginseng to fortify and strengthen hair from the root, protecting against breakages and promoting healthy hair growth. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2022 And Belanus, a folklorist and researcher, is bringing together a group of ginseng conservationists from the nearby Appalachians to discuss the medicinal and economic benefits of that native root. Ruth Anna Stolk, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 Not to mention, many beloved ingredients like snow mushroom, rice, ginseng, and silk have been deeply embedded in Asian cultures for centuries upon centuries. Allure, 29 May 2022 Panax ginseng and caffeine help skin cell growth, giving the under-eye area a healthy appearance. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 Phytonutrient-rich ginseng will also add a tightening and brightening boost to your skin. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 5 May 2022 Formulated with ginseng, tomato extract, coenzyme Q10 and a variety of vitamins, this formulation is designed for the health and wellbeing of our skin and bodies. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2022 To help balance scalp oil and hydration while encouraging hair growth, the brand's Scalp Serum uses a blend of ingredients like hyaluronic acid plus adaptogens like arctic root, Siberian ginseng, and chaga mushroom. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ginseng

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for ginseng

Chinese (Beijing) rénshēn

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13 Jun 2022

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ginseng

noun
gin·​seng | \ ˈjin-ˌseŋ How to pronounce ginseng (audio) , -ˌsaŋ How to pronounce ginseng (audio) , -(ˌ)siŋ How to pronounce ginseng (audio) \

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 medicine
b : 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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