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Definition of ginseng noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ginseng

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɪnseŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɪnseŋ//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a medicine obtained from a plant root that some people believe helps you stay young and healthy Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Chinese rénshēn, from rén ‘man’ + shēn, ‘a kind of herb’ (because of the supposed resemblance of the forked root to a person).
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