Definition of panax in English:

panax

noun

  • Originally: any of various plants reputed to have universal healing powers, especially Opopanax chironium. Later (in form Panax): a genus of perennial herbs of the family Araliaceaenative to eastern Asia and North America, including ginseng, P. ginseng, and American ginseng, P. quinquefolius, whose roots are used medicinally; (also panax) a plant of this genus.

Origin

Middle English; earliest use found in Peri Didaxeon. From classical Latin panax, any of various plants reputed to have universal healing powers from Hellenistic Greek πάναξ, variant of ancient Greek πάνακες.

Pronunciation

panax

/ˈpanaks/