ginseng

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noun gin·seng \ˈjin-ˌseŋ, -ˌsiŋ\

Definition of ginseng

  1. 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. 2 :  the root of a ginseng

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Origin and Etymology of ginseng

Chinese (Beijing) rénshēn


GINSENG Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of ginseng for English Language Learners

  • : a Chinese herb that is used as a medicine


Medical Dictionary

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

Medical Definition of ginseng

  1. 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. 2:  the aromatic root of a ginseng that is used in herbal medicine especially in eastern Asia

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