Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very large genus of plants, of the natural order Compositæ, abundant in dry regions, and mostly of the northern hemisphere. The genus is allied to the tansy (Tanacetum), and consists of low shrubs and herbs, with small discoid, often pendulous, heads paniculately arranged, and all bitter aromatics. There are over 40 species in the United States, mostly confined to the regions west of the Mississippi. Of the foreign species, the common wormwood, A. Absinthium, was formerly much used as an anthelminthic, and furnishes a volatile oil that is the peculiar ingredient in the French liqueur absinthe. A. glacialis and A. mutellina of the Alps are used in the manufacture of a similar liqueur, génépi. Wormseed or santonica consists of the small unexpanded flower-buds of A. pauciflora, extensively collected on the steppes of Turkestan and employed as an anthelminthic. The southernwood of gardens, A. Abrotanum, and the tarragon, A. Dracunculus, have a fragrant aromatic odor. Of the numerous North American species, the best known are A. tridentata and A. cana, which are the sage-brush of the western plains, the first especially covering large areas in the valleys of the Great Basin. See cut under
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of plants including the plants called mugwort, southernwood, and wormwood. Of these Artemisia absinthium, or common wormwood, is well known, and Artemisia tridentata is the sage brush of the Rocky Mountain region.
- n. any of various composite shrubs or herbs of the genus Artemisia having aromatic green or greyish foliage
“˜Artemisia is five years old™ is now true, then that proposition is now possible; but it will presumably be impossible at some future time, namely once Artemisia has reached the age of six, since from then on it will never be true again (assuming linearity of time).”
“The name Artemisia is Greek and a common name, derived from Artemis, goddess of the hunt.”
“Also, a first person voice would help to distinguish The Passion of Artemisia from a biography.”
“The Passion of Artemisia is about another seventeenth-century painter.”
“This Artemisia is like the tamarisk but a smaller growth and is held to be a characteristic of the Arabian Desert.”
“Set against the glorious backdrops of Rome, Florence, and Genoa, people with historical characters such as Cosimo de'Medici and Galileo and filled with details of the life of a Renaissance painter, The Passion of Artemisia is the story of Gentileschi's struggle to find love, forgiveness, and wholeness through her art.”
“What negative events in Artemisia's experience were caused by her own thinking and actions?”
“The name Artemisia is apparently derived from Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt and patron of virgins, for some Artemisia species have abortive properties.”
“Mademoiselle harangued me on the absurdity of affecting to be a disconsolate widow, on the step in rank that I should obtain, and the antiquity of M. de Lamont's pedigree, also upon all the ladies of antiquity she could recollect who had married again; and when I called Artemisia and Cornelia to the front in my defence, she betrayed her secret, like poor Cecile, and declared that it was very obstinate and disobedient in me not to consent to do what would recommend HER to the Prince.”
“An admirable woman, sir, and by name Artemisia; which, I have sometimes thought, may partially account for it.”
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