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 Tiny $150 jars of face cream are backlit for effect; metal plaques next to miniature bowls of green tea and ginseng extol the wondrous properties of the ingredients. The Economist, "AmorePacific, South Korea’s biggest beauty firm, is struggling," 17 Oct. 2019 Before the trade war, U.S. ginseng imported into China faced a tariff of 7.5%. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Wisconsin Ginseng Farmers Had Been Exporting to China for a Century. Then Came the Trade War," 31 Aug. 2019 In how-to videos watched by legions of her followers, Kim Kardashian West has touted the crucial role Tatcha’s mist-containing ginseng plays in blending the contour cream on her face. Khanh T.l. Tran, latimes.com, "She gave up everything to start beauty brand Tatcha. What happens after it’s sold?," 8 July 2019 The Effect: The balancing act of anxiety-busting CBD and energizing ingredients such as ginseng (a brain-stimulating adaptogen) and schisandra (an herb attributed to increasing concentration and thinking speed) made Recess a viable workday drink. Sunset, "Our Favorite Sparkling CBD Drinks Are Relaxation in a Can," 22 Jan. 2018 YOLO Shots are made with caffeine-deprived from organic green coffee beans, ginseng, taurine, vitamins B12 and B6, and of course, CBD. Allure, "Sunday Scaries Just Launched CBD-Infused Energy Shots," 7 Aug. 2019 Friends and family recommended the plant root ginseng, whose benefits are believed to include boosting energy, with recent studies supporting that claim. Meera Senthilingam, CNN, "Chinese medicine: The next step in cancer recovery?," 19 June 2019 Owned by the Korea Ginseng Corporation, which produces drinks, snacks, and cosmetics made with red ginseng, everything used on my skin was spiked with the country's most treasured root. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Got Four Facials During One Week in Seoul, and My Skin Has Never Looked Better," 18 May 2019 There's also ginseng, which contains the same amino acids found in collagen. Glamour, "This Moisturizer Instantly Gives Me Dewy Dumpling Skin," 11 Mar. 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of ginseng was in 1654

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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 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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