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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cowage  \Cow"age\  (kou"[asl]j),  n.  (Bot.) 
  See  {Cowhage}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cowhage  \Cow"hage\  (kou"h?j),  n.  [Cf.  Hind.  kaw[amc]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 
  sometimes  used  in  medicine  as  a  mechanical  vermifuge. 
  [Written  also  {couhage},  {cowage},  and  {cowitch}.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cowage 
  n  1:  pods  of  the  cowage  plant  or  the  stinging  hairs  covering 
  them  used  as  a  vermifuge  when  mixed  with  e.g.  honey 
  2:  annual  semi-woody  vine  of  Asia  having  long  clusters  of 
  purplish  flowers  and  densely  hairy  pods;  cultivated  in 
  southern  United  States  for  green  manure  and  grazing  [syn: 
  {velvet  bean},  {Bengal  bean},  {Benghal  bean},  {Florida 
  bean},  {Mucuna  pruriens  utilis},  {Mucuna  deeringiana},  {Mucuna 
  aterrima},  {Stizolobium  deeringiana}] 




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