noun pa·nax \ˈpāˌnaks\

Definition of panax

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of perennial herbs (family Araliaceae) of eastern North America and Asia with aromatic tuberous roots, compound verticillate leaves, and a solitary umbel of flowers — see ginseng

  2. 2 plural -es :  any plant of a genus (Polyscias) of trees and shrubs that is related to and sometimes especially formerly included in Panax

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of panax

New Latin, from Latin, a plant, panacea, from Greek panak-, panax, from panakeia — more at panacea

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up panax? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to help become familiar with something

Get Word of the Day daily email!