• WordNet 3.6
    • n ginseng Chinese herb with palmately compound leaves and small greenish flowers and forked aromatic roots believed to have medicinal powers
    • n ginseng aromatic root of ginseng plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In West Virginia it is illegal to dig for ginseng on your neighbor's lawn without their permission.
    • n Ginseng (Bot) A plant of the genus Aralia, the root of which is highly valued as a medicine among the Chinese. The Chinese plant (Aralia Schinseng) has become so rare that the American (A. quinquefolia) has largely taken its place, and its root is now an article of export from America to China. The root, when dry, is of a yellowish white color, with a sweetness in the taste somewhat resembling that of licorice, combined with a slight aromatic bitterness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ginseng A plant of the genus Aralia (Panax); also, the root of this plant, which is highly valued as a tonic and stimulant by the Chinese, who ascribe to it almost miraculous powers. The Manchurian is most esteemed, and sells for several taels per liang, or Chinese ounce (640 grains). The true ginseng, A. Ginseng, is a native of northern China and Corea. A. quinquefolia is a very closely allied species of the eastern United States, and its roots have been largely exported to China as a substitute for the true ginseng. The only medicinal effect in either case is that of a mild aromatic stimulant.
    • n ginseng Several plants not botanically related to the ginseng have been so named as possessing similar medical properties, as, in Georgia, the sunflower-like composite Tetragonotheca helianthoides.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ginseng jin′seng a plant of genus Aralia, and its root, a Chinese panacea for exhaustion of body or mind.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Chin. jin-tsan.


In literature:

I will go on with my search and allow the ginseng to grow that much heavier.
"The Harvester" by Gene Stratton Porter
It is a knobbed, irregular root, and when cooked resembles the ginseng.
"First Across the Continent" by Noah Brooks
He was also keeping bees and growing ginseng.
"The Friendly Road" by (AKA David Grayson) Ray Stannard Baker
We know where to find ginseng, but genius is the secret of God.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
The ginseng tree is noticed for the same appearance.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
It belongs to the same family as spikenard and ginseng.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
If it had not been for ginseng in Minnesota, many of the pioneers would have gone hungry.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Those river hills are covered with ginseng.
"Project Mastodon" by Clifford Donald Simak
Of the vegetables used, none is more highly esteemed than the ginseng root.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
How's the ginseng crop this year?
"The Faith Healer" by William Vaughn Moody

In news:

Ginseng – a perennial herb found in forests in the eastern US – effectively reduced cancer-related fatigue in patients when taken in high doses over a two month period, a new study from the Mayo Clinic found.
Ginseng reduces cancer-related fatigue, study finds.
Ginseng helps with cancer fatigue.
Ginseng Chicken Soup from Hugo's Restaurant.
Ginseng poaching in Smokies continues.
Anti-Wrinkle Activity of Hydroyzed Ginseng Saponins
The 26-year-old actress revealed her current presidential pick on Thursday at a promotional event for Mr Pink's Ginseng Drink, E News reports.
The manufacturers of these products buy ginseng from a seller.
Money might not grow on trees, but it comes pretty close with wild ginseng.
Ginseng poachers take to the woods as prices soar.
As ginseng prices soar, diggers take to the backcountry .
Lohan made the comment Oct 11 reports FOX411's Pop Tarts, at the Mr Pink Ginseng Drink Launch Party in Los Angeles.
Some area ginseng farmers can now apply for some help after a tough growing season.
Several weeks ago I wrote about ginseng.
I have, in fact, been writing about ginseng for years.