Cowhage Cow"hage (kou"h[asl]j), n. [Cf. Hind. kaw[=a]nch, ko[=a]nch.] (Bot.) A leguminous climbing plant of the genus {Mucuna}, having crooked pods covered with sharp hairs, which stick to the fingers, causing intolerable itching. The spicul[ae] are sometimes used in medicine as a mechanical vermifuge. [Written also {couhage}, {cowage}, and {cowitch}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Cowage — Cow age (kou [asl]j), n. (Bot.) See {Cowhage}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cowage — [kou′ij] n. COWHAGE …   English World dictionary

  • cowage — /kow ij/, n. 1. a tropical vine, Mucuna pruriens, of the legume family, bearing reddish or blackish pods. 2. the pod itself, covered with bristlelike hairs that are irritating to the skin and cause intense itching. 3. the hairs of the cowage… …   Universalium

  • cowage — noun see cowhage …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cowage — noun A leguminous climbing plant, of the genus Mucuna, the spiculae or which are sometimes used as a mechanical vermifuge Syn: cowhage …   Wiktionary

  • cowage — cow·age (kouґəj) 1. Mucuna pruriens. 2. the hairs of the pods of M. pruriens, used medicinally as a vermifuge, anthelmintic, and counterirritant mixed with such vehicles as honey; on the skin they can cause a type of allergic contact… …   Medical dictionary

  • cowage — n. type of plant …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cowage — cow·age …   English syllables

  • cowage — /ˈkaʊɪdʒ/ (say kowij) noun 1. the hairs on the pods of a tropical leguminous plant, Stizolobium (or Mucuna) pruriens, which cause intense itching; sometimes used as a vermifuge. 2. this plant. 3. the pods of this plant. Also, cow itch. {Hindi… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cowage — n. (also cowhage) a climbing plant, Mucuna pruritum, having hairy pods which cause stinging and itching. Etymology: Hindi kawanch …   Useful english dictionary

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