from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Tanacetum, especially T. vulgare, native to Eurasia, having corymbs of buttonlike yellow flower heads and aromatic, pinnately dissected leaves that are sometimes used medicinally.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A herbaceous plant with yellow flowers, of the genus Tanacetum, especially Tanacetum vulgare.
- n. A dish common in the seventeenth century, made of eggs, sugar, rose water, cream, and the juice of herbs (including tansy), baked with butter in a shallow dish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any plant of the composite genus Tanacetum. The common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) has finely divided leaves, a strong aromatic odor, and a very bitter taste. It is used for medicinal and culinary purposes.
- n. A dish common in the seventeenth century, made of eggs, sugar, rose water, cream, and the juice of herbs, baked with butter in a shallow dish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A perennial herb, Tanacetum vulgare, a stout erect plant 2 or 3 feet high, with pinnate cuttoothed leaves, and yellow ray-less heads in a terminal corymb.
- n. One of several plants with somewhat similar leaves, as the milfoil, Achillea Millefolium, the silverweed (also goose-tansy), and the ragwort, Senecio Jacobæa. See the phrases below.
- n. A pudding or cake made with eggs, cream, sugar, rose-water, and the juice of tansy, to which that of spinach, sorrel, or other herbs was sometimes added.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. common perennial aromatic herb native to Eurasia having buttonlike yellow flower heads and bitter-tasting pinnate leaves sometimes used medicinally
Middle English, from Old French tanesie, from Vulgar Latin *tanacēta, from Late Latin tanacētum, wormwood.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French tanesie, tanoisie et al., aphetic form of athanasie, from Medieval Latin athanasia, from Ancient Greek ἀθανασία ("immortality"). (Wiktionary)