bugbane

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bugbane a plant of the genus Cimicifuga having flowers in long racemes or panicles reported to be distasteful to insects
    • n bugbane North American plant having large leaves and yellowish green flowers growing in racemes; yields a toxic alkaloid used medicinally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bugbane (Bot) A perennial white-flowered herb of the order Ranunculace√¶ and genus Cimiciguga; bugwort. There are several species.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bugbane A name given to species of the ranuneulaceous genus of plants Cimicifuga, in Europe to C. fætens, and in the United States to C. racemosa and C. Americana, from their reputed virtues as destroyers of bugs. The name is sometimes applied to the white hellebore, Veratrum viridc. Also called bugwort.
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