Definitions of bugbane
  1. noun
    North American plant having large leaves and yellowish green flowers growing in racemes; yields a toxic alkaloid used medicinally
    synonyms: American hellebore, Indian poke, Veratrum viride, white hellebore
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    type of:
    false hellebore, hellebore
    perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes
  2. noun
    a plant of the genus Cimicifuga having flowers in long racemes or panicles reported to be distasteful to insects
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    American bugbane, Cimicifuga americana, summer cohosh
    bugbane of the eastern United States having erect racemes of white flowers
    Cimicifuga racemosa, black cohosh, black snakeroot, rattle-top
    North American bugbane found from Maine and Ontario to Wisconsin and south to Georgia
    Cimicifuga foetida, fetid bugbane, foetid bugbane
    bugbane of Siberia and eastern Asia having ill-smelling green-white flowers
    type of:
    ligneous plant, woody plant
    a plant having hard lignified tissues or woody parts especially stems
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