Definition of cowage in English:


(also cowhage)

Pronunciation /ˈkouij/ /ˈkaʊɪdʒ/


  • 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.