Cow"hage (kou"h?j), n. [Cf. Hind. kawnch, konch.] 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 spiculae are sometimes used in medicine as a mechanical vermifuge.

[Written also couhage, cowage, and cowitch.]

 

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