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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Panax perennial herbs of eastern North America and Asia having aromatic tuberous roots: ginseng
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n panax A genus of plants of the order Araliaceæ, type of the series Panaceæ, characterized by the two-celled ovary, pedicels jointed under the flower, usually panicled or racemed umbles, and obliquely decurrent stigmas. There are about 30 species, natives of tropical Asia and Africa, Australia, and the Pacific islands. They are shrubs or trees, usually smooth and bearing radiately or pinnately compound leaves and small flowers in compound umbels. P. sambucifolius, a tree or tall shrub of Australia, is called mountain- or elderberry-ash. See fishbone-tree, lancewood, and ivy-tree. See also ginseng, formerly classed as Panax.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Panax pa-naks′ a genus of shrubs with radiately or pinnately compound leaves and small flowers in compound umbels, the ginseng.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., 'all healing.'


In literature:

Panax, Lobelia zeylanica, Artemisia, Cordia.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith

In news:

High doses of the herb American ginseng ( Panax quinquefolius ) over two months reduced cancer-related fatigue in patients more effectively than a placebo.