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- n. The principle compound found in wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), having a bitter taste.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The bitter principle of wormwood (Artemisia absinthium).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The crystalline bitter principle (C20H28O4) of wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium.
The flesh of geese is declared to be more savoury when  stuffed with this herb, which contains "absinthin" as its active principle, and other chemical constituents in common with
The bitter taste of the true Wormwood is also due to "absinthin," and each kind contains nitrate of potash, tannin, and resin, with succinic, malic, and acetic acids.
The characteristic odour of the plant is due to a volatile oil which consists mainly of absinthol; and the intensely bitter taste resides in "absinthin."
The active principle absinthin is a narcotic poison.
A contribution to the structure of absinthin and anabsinthin].