American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A perennial aromatic European herb (Artemisia absinthium), naturalized in eastern North America and having pinnatifid, silvery silky leaves and numerous nodding flower heads. Also called common wormwood.
- n. A green liqueur having a bitter anise or licorice flavor and a high alcohol content, prepared from absinthe and other herbs, and now prohibited in many countries because of its toxicity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name of a highly aromatic liqueur of an opaline-green color and bitter taste; an abbreviation of extrait d'absinthe, extract of absinthium. It is prepared by steeping in alcohol or strong spirit bitter herbs, the chief of which are Artemisia Absinthium, A. mutellina, A. spicata; besides which some recipes mention plants that are not of this genus, and can be intended only to modify the bitter of the wormwoods; the liquor so flavored is then redistilled. It is considered tonic and stomachic. Its excessive use produces a morbid condition differing somewhat from ordinary alcoholism. Vertigo and epileptiform convulsions are marked symptoms, and hallucinations occur without other symptoms of delirium tremens. The use of it prevailed at one time among the French soldiers in Algiers, but it is now forbidden throughout the French army. The most common way of preparing it for drinking is by pouring it into water drop by drop or allowing it to trickle through a funnel with a minute opening; so prepared, it is called
la hussarde, and is common in the cafés of France, Italy, and Switzerland.
- n. US Sagebrush
- n. aromatic herb of temperate Eurasia and North Africa having a bitter taste used in making the liqueur absinthe
- n. strong green liqueur flavored with wormwood and anise
- Middle English, wormwood, from Old French, from Latin absinthium, from Greek apsinthion. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Pirates' Alley serves a drink they call absinthe, which is actually Pernod with the sugar cube/spoon/flame modern Czech ritual.”
“The woman explained that the plant, which she called absinthe, was seldom used except in that drink, reserved only for Mother Festivals.”
The Plains of Passage
“I'd marked out my seat and I snaffled it sharpish on Saturday night, got into the spirit of things by ordering a fake absinthe from the Bartender -- Ed. As the rest of the audience filed in, I saw Adam sit down at the table to my right, chatting to the audience members sat there.”
“Maybe, but probably not because of any psychotropic chemical contained in the wormwood from which absinthe is distilled.”
“Indeed, the image that often comes foremost to mind when considering absinthe is a streetful of dissipated Parisian intellectuals, some of whom sunk into poverty and madness by dancing a bit too closely with the Green Fairy.”
“A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world.”
“La Fee Verte A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything ...”
“It looks from the outside like the term louche, as applied to absinthe, comes from a reference to the whitening eye of cataract, but the French dictionary carries all three meanings: squinty, dissolute, and cloudy.”
“There is some evidence, however, that the herbal elements in absinthe actually have a mild speedball effect: some of them are stimulants and some are sedatives, and the resulting effect is one of heightened alertness and calmness.”
“Still, hundreds of explorers risk their lives each year to pick the fruit as it is said to 'taste better than chocolate' and be 'more addictive than pocky dipped in absinthe and twice as trippy'.”
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