from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See wormseed.
  • n. The pungent leaves of the wormseed plant, used as a seasoning in Mexican cooking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pungent herb used in Latin-American cooking and tea making, Dysphania ambrosioides.


American Spanish, from Nahuatl epazotl : epatl, skunk + tzotl, filth (from its smell).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish epazote, from Classical Nahuatl epazōtl. (Wiktionary)


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