2. any of several perennial herbs (genus Panax) of the ginseng family, with thick, forked, aromatic roots, esp. a Chinese species (P. pseudoginseng) and a North American species (P. quinquefolium)
3. such a root, or a preparation made from it, used as a tonic
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Word origin of 'ginseng'Chin jēn shēn < jēn, man (from the shape of the root) + shēn, the constellation Orion