from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The common wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), an intensely bitter plant, used as a tonic and for making the oil of wormwood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium, a European species, much cultivated for its bitter qualities.
From Latin absinthium, from Ancient Greek ἀψίνθιον (apsinthion), ἀσπίνθιον (apsinthion). The Ancient Greek word is of uncertain origin, albeit recognized as foreign (E.R. Wharton): underlain by a pre-Greek Pelasgian word, marked by the non-Indoeuropean consonant complex νθ. May be from Persian اسپند (ispand, "wild rue"). See also Absinthe on Wikipedia. (Wiktionary)