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cowhage


cowhage


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  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}.]