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

  • n. An aromatic southern European shrubby woody plant (Artemisia abrotanum) having finely divided grayish foliage and globose, nodding, creamy-white flower heads. Also called old man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An aromatic shrub, Artemisia abrotanum, related to wormwood

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shrubby species of wormwood (Artemisia Abrotanum) having aromatic foliage. It is sometimes used in making beer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shrubby-stemmed species of wormwood, Artemisia Abrotanum, found wild in southern Europe, especially in Spain, but of somewhat uncertain origin. It is cultivated in gardens for its pleasantly scented, finely dissected leaves.

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

  • n. shrubby European wormwood naturalized in North America; sometimes used in brewing beer


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  • I am going to call the southernwood 'appleringie' after this.

    The Story Girl

  • The "southernwood" or "old man," cultivated in cottage gardens on account of its fragrance, is another species of it.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • "I am going to call the southernwood 'appleringie' after this.

    The Story Girl

  • There are 400 kinds of artemisia, including southernwood and tarragon, all pungent, and ready to plant.

    A New Whiff on Potpourri

  • The pair had hobbled into the garden to gather rosemary, southernwood, rue, and other plants proper to be strewed upon the body, and burned by way of fumigation in the chimney of the cottage.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • A linctus for pneumonia: Galbanum and pine-fruit in Attic honey; and southernwood in oxymel; make a decoction of pepper and black hellebore, and give it in cases of pleurisy attended with violent pain at the commencement.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • The Katzer pages and this botanical log confirm the similar Russian names: mugwort is Чернобыльник ( "Chernobylnik") or botanically Полынь Обыкновенная (Common Polyn);, and according to the southernwood page, wormwood aka Artemisia absinthium is Полынь горькая ( "Bitter Polyn" again).

    A star called Mugwort

  • The window and door were open, and the morning air brought with it a mingled scent of southernwood, thyme, and sweet-briar from the patch of garden by the side of the cottage.

    Adam Bede

  • Artemisias and Gnaphaliums, like our southernwood and cudweed, but six or eight feet high; while Buttercups, Violets, Whortleberries,

    The Malay Archipelago

  • A hedge of southernwood gave off a pungent scent as I brushed against it, like a friendly, hopeful message.

    Operation Luna


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