One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A leguminous climbing plant, "Mucuna pruriens", with hairy pods that cause stinging and itching.
- ‘The worst are those of M. pruriens (not the same as New Zealand cowage), since its itching quality drives cattle wild.’
- ‘In combination with cowage seed and ashwagandha extracts, this formula promotes vitality and strength.’
Mid 17th century: from Hindi kāuñc.
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