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



BrE BrE//ˈdʒɪnseŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɪnseŋ//
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a medicine obtained from a plant root that some people believe helps you stay young and healthy Word Originmid 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).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ginseng