Definition of Ginseng

1. Noun. Aromatic root of ginseng plants.




2. Noun. Chinese herb with palmately compound leaves and small greenish flowers and forked aromatic roots believed to have medicinal powers.
Exact synonyms: Nin-sin, Panax Ginseng, Panax Pseudoginseng, Panax Schinseng
Group relationships: Genus Panax, Panax
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant

Definition of Ginseng

1. n. 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.

Definition of Ginseng

1. Noun. Any of several plants, of the genus ''Panax'', having forked roots supposed to have medicinal properties. ¹

2. Noun. The root of such a plant, or an extract of these roots. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ginseng

1. a perennial herb [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ginseng

1. A root found in Asia and the United States, although the Oriental variety is more easily obtainable. Ginseng has been popular in the Orient for centuries. (27 Sep 1997)

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Literary usage of Ginseng

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1. Minnesota Plant Life by Conway MacMillan (1899)
"ginseng. After Britton and Brown. The two varieties of ginseng may be distinguished ... In the true ginseng the leaves are made up of five stalked leaflets, ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"ginseng. the root of a species of Panax (P..ginseng), native of Manchuria and Korea, belonging to the natural order Araliaceae, used in China as a medicine. ..."

3. Cyclopedia of American Agriculture: A Popular Survey of Agricultural by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1907)
"ginseng is a small perennial herb, the thickened roots of which are used ... In 1843 the Chinese plant was separated by CA Meyer as Panax ginseng. ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"The root of the wild plant is preferred to that of cultivated ginseng, ... Lockhart states that all the ginseng collected in the Chinese empire is imperial ..."

5. Fungous Diseases of Plants: With Chapters on Physiology, Culture Methods and by Benjamin Minge Duggar (1909)
"The so-called " blight" is the most common and destructive disease of cultivated ginseng. It occurs FIG. 138. BLIGHT OF ginseng: A FREQUENT FORM OF THE ..."

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