Definition of bugbane in English:



  • A tall plant with spikes of cream or yellow flowers. A member of the buttercup family, it is native to north temperate regions.

    Genus Cimicifuga, family Ranunculaceae: several species, in particular the American bugbane (C. americana) of the eastern US and the black cohosh (C. racemosa)

    ‘Other common names for this plant are black root, bugbane, rattle root, rattle top, rattle squawroot, snake root and rattle weed.’
    • ‘Wood anemones, epimediums, bugbanes, and toad lilies create intricate tapestries under flowering shrubs and trees.’
    • ‘Throughout the woodlands, color can be found in late-blooming azaleas, lilies, bugbanes, hostas, and hydrangeas.’
    • ‘Other plants are also called bugbane and snakeroot; most plants called cohosh belong to the related baneberry genus.’
    • ‘Tall bugbane is a tall wildflower with branched and leafy stems arising from 100-200 cm high.’



/ˈbəɡbān/ /ˈbəɡbeɪn/


Early 18th century from bug+ bane, with reference to the former use of the species C. foetida to drive away bedbugs.