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

  • n. A perennial or shrubby Eurasian plant (Artemisia maritima) having aromatic, bipinnately dissected leaves and numerous flower heads that yield santonin.
  • n. The dried unopened flower heads of this plant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Tartarian southernwood, Artemisia Gallica, var. pauciflora, by some considered a distinct species. It was formerly confounded with A. Santonica.
  • n. An anthelmintic drug consisting of the flower-heads of this plant; Levant wormseed. The extract santonin, now produced mainly in Turkestan, is chiefly in use.


New Latin, from Latin (herba) santonica, from feminine of Santonicus, of the Santoni, a Gallic people of Aquitania.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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