ginseng

noun
gin·​seng | \ ˈjin-ˌseŋ, -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

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Further, Gou himself, and his family, use ginseng, Hsu said. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Before leaving Wisconsin, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou visits a ginseng farm and a supper club near Wausau," 3 July 2018 Fans of the sparkling water craze will love this — Recess, a sparkling water beverage infused with CBD and other buzzy ingredients (including ginseng, L-theanine, and Schisandra), aims to refresh you on both a physical and mental level. Allure, "12 CBD Tinctures, Gummies, and Drinks That Help Calm Anxiety," 23 Oct. 2018 Some, like ashwagandha and ginseng, have been long used and studied as healing substances in ayurvedic and Chinese medicine respectively. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Adaptogenic dusts, oils, and pills have a veneer of science, but there’s not much evidence to back them up.," 2 Nov. 2018 An annual lottery for permits to harvest valuable ginseng in North Carolina's mountain national forests will begin June 4. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Lottery set for 'green gold' in NC hills," 29 May 2018 China's consumption of U.S. ginseng grew more than 45 percent from 2016 to 2017, totaling almost $23 million worth. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As China prepares new tariffs, Wisconsin ginseng farmers already feeling the effects," 9 July 2018 Wisconsin produces more than 90% of America’s ginseng, and 95% of that comes from Marathon County. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump Rides a Harley—to Europe," 25 June 2018 Wisconsin products targeted for retaliatory tariffs by the European Union, Mexico and China include Harley-Davidsons, cranberries, ginseng and apples. New York Times, "Trump’s Trade War Could Shut Cheesemakers Out of Foreign Markets," 24 June 2018 Permits are needed to collect wild ginseng in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests during a two-week season from Sept. 1 to Sept. 15. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Lottery set for 'green gold' in NC hills," 29 May 2018

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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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ginseng

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English Language Learners Definition of ginseng

: a Chinese herb that is used as a medicine

ginseng

noun
gin·​seng | \ ˈjin-ˌseŋ, -ˌsaŋ, -(ˌ)siŋ \

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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