Definition of cowage in English:

cowage

(also cowhage)

noun

  • A leguminous climbing plant, "Mucuna pruriens", with hairy pods that cause stinging and itching.

    • ‘In combination with cowage seed and ashwagandha extracts, this formula promotes vitality and strength.’
    • ‘The worst are those of M. pruriens (not the same as New Zealand cowage), since its itching quality drives cattle wild.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Hindi kāuñc.

Pronunciation:

cowage

/ˈkouij/