cowhage
also cowage noun Etymology: Hindi kavẵc, kevẵc Date: 1640 a tropical woody vine (Mucuna pruriens) of the legume family with crooked pods covered with barbed hairs that cause severe itching; also these hairs formerly used as a vermifuge

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cowhage — [kou′ij] n. [altered by assoc. with COW1 < Hindi kawānch] a tropical, leguminous vine (Mucuna pruriens) bearing pods covered with fine barbed hairs that easily penetrate animal or human skin, causing intense itching: some strains are grown for …   English World dictionary

  • cowhage — var. of COWAGE. * * * cowhage var. of cowage …   Useful english dictionary

  • cowhage — /kow ij/, n. cowage. * * * …   Universalium

  • cowhage — cow·hage also cow·age kau̇ ij n a tropical leguminous woody vine (Mucuna pruriens) with crooked pods covered with barbed hairs that cause severe itching also these hairs formerly used as a vermifuge …   Medical dictionary

  • cowhage — adj. type of plant …   English contemporary dictionary

  • couhage — 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]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cowage — 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]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cowitch — 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]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mucuna — gigantea flowers Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae …   Wikipedia

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