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ginseng (n.)

type of plant whose root is highly valued as a tonic and stimulant in Chinese herbology, 1650s, from Chinese jen-shen. First element means "man," but the meaning of the second is obscure.

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Definitions of ginseng

ginseng (n.)
aromatic root of ginseng plants;
ginseng (n.)
Chinese herb with palmately compound leaves and small greenish flowers and forked aromatic roots believed to have medicinal powers;
Synonyms: nin-sin / Panax ginseng / Panax schinseng / Panax pseudoginseng
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