Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Absinthe is made by macerating herbs and spices, including anise and fennel, with the grand wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) that gives the drink its name.

    Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

  • US Customs and Border Protection is responsible for checking all shipments from overseas, and the agency's take on the Green Fairy seems pretty cut-and-dried: "The importation of absinthe and any other liquors or liqueurs that contain Artemisia absinthium is prohibited."

    Mr. Know-It-All: Emailing China, Ordering Absinthe, Informing Your Kids

  • Now an environmental chemist from New Orleans named Ted Breaux claims to have re-created the original exactly, using a couple of hundred-year-old bottles of original Pernod absinthe to distill the recipe: a half-dozen-odd botanicals, including Spanish green anise, Alpine hyssop and absinthium.

    Real Absinthe

  • The Katzer pages and this botanical log confirm the similar Russian names: mugwort is Чернобыльник ( "Chernobylnik") or botanically Полынь Обыкновенная (Common Polyn);, and according to the southernwood page, wormwood aka Artemisia absinthium is Полынь горькая ( "Bitter Polyn" again).

    A star called Mugwort

  • In Europe, however, this isn't the case; "wormwood" is used only for the absinth-producing species, Artemisia absinthium.

    A star called Mugwort

  • The most notorious herbal alcohol is absinthe, a green-tinged, anise-flavored liqueur whose main ingredient is parts of the wormwood plant, Artemisia absinthium.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Die isolierung von weiteren kristallinin Substanzen aus Wermut (Artemisia absinthium L.).

    Chapter 5

  • GREGER, H. and HOFER, O. (1980) New tetrahydrofurofuran lignans from Artemisia absinthium.

    Chapter 5

  • The common Wormwood (_Artemisia absinthium_) has been partly considered here together with Mugwort, to which it is closely allied.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • The true Wormwood (_Artemisia absinthium_) is used for preparing absinthe, a seductive liqueur, which, when taken to excess, induces epileptic attacks.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

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