from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several aromatic plants of the genus Artemisia, especially A. absinthium, native to Europe, yielding a bitter extract used in making absinthe and in flavoring certain wines.
- n. Something harsh or embittering.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An intensely bitter herb (various plants in genus Artemisia) used in the production of absinthe and vermouth, and as a tonic.
- n. Anything that causes bitterness or affliction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A composite plant (Artemisia Absinthium), having a bitter and slightly aromatic taste, formerly used as a tonic and a vermifuge, and to protect woolen garments from moths. It gives the peculiar flavor to the cordial called absinthe. The volatile oil is a narcotic poison. The term is often extended to other species of the same genus.
- n. Anything very bitter or grievous; bitterness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A. somewhat woody perennial herb, Artemisia Absinthium, native in Europe and Asiatic Russia, found in old gardens and by roadsides in North America.
- n. Figuratively
- n. Bitterness.
- n. By transference of the name, the common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiæfolia, a bitter plant with foliage dissected somewhat like that of an artemisia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several low composite herbs of the genera Artemisia or Seriphidium
Middle English wormwode, alteration (influenced by worm, worm, and wode, wood, perhaps from the use of its leaves as a vermifuge) of wermod, from Old English wermōd, from Germanic *wermōdaz.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wormwode, alteration of wermode ("wormwood"), from Old English wermōd, wormōd ("wormwood, absinthe"), from Proto-Germanic *wermōdaz (“wormwood”). Cognate with Middle Low German wermode, wermede ("wormwood"), German Wermut ("wormwood"). See vermouth. (Wiktionary)