Definitions

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

  • n. A perennial aromatic European herb (Artemisia absinthium), naturalized in eastern North America and having pinnatifid, silvery silky leaves and numerous nodding flower heads. Also called common wormwood.
  • n. A green liqueur having a bitter anise or licorice flavor and a high alcohol content, prepared from absinthe and other herbs, and now prohibited in many countries because of its toxicity.

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  • n. Sagebrush

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name of a highly aromatic liqueur of an opaline-green color and bitter taste; an abbreviation of extrait d'absinthe, extract of absinthium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. aromatic herb of temperate Eurasia and North Africa having a bitter taste used in making the liqueur absinthe
  • n. strong green liqueur flavored with wormwood and anise

Etymologies

Middle English, wormwood, from Old French, from Latin absinthium, from Greek apsinthion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Pirates' Alley serves a drink they call absinthe, which is actually Pernod with the sugar cube/spoon/flame modern Czech ritual.

    To blood, prana, and overdressing

  • The woman explained that the plant, which she called absinthe, was seldom used except in that drink, reserved only for Mother Festivals.

    The Plains of Passage

  • I'd marked out my seat and I snaffled it sharpish on Saturday night, got into the spirit of things by ordering a fake absinthe from the Bartender -- Ed. As the rest of the audience filed in, I saw Adam sit down at the table to my right, chatting to the audience members sat there.

    Adventures of a Couch-Hopping Scribbler Part 2: That Toddlin Town

  • Maybe, but probably not because of any psychotropic chemical contained in the wormwood from which absinthe is distilled.

    Boing Boing

  • Indeed, the image that often comes foremost to mind when considering absinthe is a streetful of dissipated Parisian intellectuals, some of whom sunk into poverty and madness by dancing a bit too closely with the Green Fairy.

    Boing Boing

  • A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world.

    La Fee Verte | Edwardian Promenade

  • La Fee Verte A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything ...

    The Viennese Cafe | Edwardian Promenade

  • It looks from the outside like the term louche, as applied to absinthe, comes from a reference to the whitening eye of cataract, but the French dictionary carries all three meanings: squinty, dissolute, and cloudy.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • There is some evidence, however, that the herbal elements in absinthe actually have a mild speedball effect: some of them are stimulants and some are sedatives, and the resulting effect is one of heightened alertness and calmness.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Still, hundreds of explorers risk their lives each year to pick the fruit as it is said to 'taste better than chocolate' and be 'more addictive than pocky dipped in absinthe and twice as trippy'.

    30th September '06

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  • Absinthe

    January 17, 2009

  • Absinthe makes the heart go yonder.

    November 7, 2008

  • waiting for the night,
    with absinthe eye
    cocked on the lone, late,
    passer-by.

    from "Prospect," Sylvia Plath

    April 14, 2008

  • If you can have a meatloaf sundae, why not a casu marzu sundae? With a little absinthe, now legally available in the U.S. (in California, anyway).

    January 11, 2008

  • Absinthe makes the tart grow fonder.

    January 11, 2008

  • "Absinthe, the greeneyed monster." Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 1, 2008

  • For our posterity: see also absinthetinence.

    November 8, 2007

  • I'll always remember your hart going flounder, skipvia. Splendid!

    November 8, 2007

  • I think these puns are going to kill me first!

    October 12, 2007

  • If the first two courses didn't induce suicidal tendencies, perhaps the absinthe would. It would be a mercy killing.

    October 12, 2007

  • Skipvia!! Blahahahahaha!!! I just saw your comment!!! I am ROLLING!!!

    Makes the hart go flounder!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaha hahaha!!!

    October 12, 2007

  • *retching*

    October 12, 2007

  • Maybe a little creme de menthe?

    October 12, 2007

  • And then drown your eater's remorse with a healthy dose of nepenthe!

    October 12, 2007

  • I think I'm feeling a Wordie dinner here. Start it off with stinkheads on cocktail crackers, move along with a bit of casu marzu on toast points, and wash it all down with some absinthe.

    Mmmm...

    October 12, 2007

  • *grrrooooooaaaaannn*

    October 11, 2007

  • A while back there was a story about a deer who was so completely plastered on absinthe that he strode out into the middle of a busy highway, lay down, and flailed his legs in the air for several hours. That's right...absinthe makes the hart go flounder.

    October 11, 2007

  • booooooooooo

    February 25, 2007

  • Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder?

    February 25, 2007

  • absinthe-it's the drink that makes you want to kill yourself instantly. (Bernard, Black Books Season 1)

    December 9, 2006