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.
Colorless crystalline compound, C15H18O3, from wormwood, especially santonica; used to destroy or eliminate parasitic worms.
Instead of worm-seed (_artemisia santonica_,) the seeds of tansy are frequently offered for sale, or a mixture of both.
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