American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tropical American plant (Chenopodium ambrosioides) yielding an oil used as an anthelmintic. Also called epazote, Jerusalem oak, Mexican tea.
- n. Any of several other plants used as an anthelmintic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as santonica. See santonica and santonin.
- n. The fruit of the American herb Chenopodium ambrosioides, especially var. anthelminticum, which is often reckoned a distinct species; also, the plant itself. The seed is an officinal as well as a popular vermifuge. It yields wormseed-oil (which see), and is also given in the form of a powder. Distinguished as American wormseed; also called
- n. The treacle-mustard, Erysimum cheiranthoides, or primarily its seed, which was formerly a popular vermifuge in England. Also treaclewormseed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Any one of several plants, as Artemisia santonica, and Chenopodium anthelminticum, whose seeds have the property of expelling worms from the stomach and intestines.
- n. rank-smelling tropical American pigweed
“Epazote (wormseed) chenopodium ambrosioides: This hardy perennial, with its resinous fragrance and serrated, tapering leaves, grows wild in many parts of Mexico and the United States, especially California.”
“Herbs and vegetables such as nopales (cactus paddles), verdolagas (purslane), berros (watercress) and epazote (wormseed) have traditionally been used to lend a distinctive flavor to the local cooking, as have chiles and seeds, notably pumpkin and sesame.”
“The most specific treatment for roundworms, however, is chenopodium oil made from the American wormseed Chenopodium ambrosioides var. anthelminticum.”
“Caution: Never take internally the essential oil of wormseed.”
“Iza was making herself a wormseed tea to encourage the flow of milk and to relieve the painful cramps of her uterus contracting back to its normal shape.”
“-- One teaspoonful of powdered wormseed mixed with a sufficient quantity of molasses, or spread on bread and butter.”
“Make a strong decoction of sage, two parts; wormseed, one part; strain, and add sugar enough to make into candy, and let the child eat of it.”
“I can soon gather jimson leaves and seed to fill orders, the hemlock is about right to take the fruit, the mustard is yet in pod, and the saffron and wormseed can be attended later.”
“The American wormseed has been naturalized from tropical America to”
“(_Alliaria_), the shepherd's purse, the wormseed or _Erysimum cheiranthoides_ and many others afford instances.”
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