from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several aromatic plants of the genus Artemisia, especially A. absinthium, native to Europe, yielding a bitter extract used in making absinthe and in flavoring certain wines.
- n. Something harsh or embittering.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An intensely bitter herb (various plants in genus Artemisia) used in the production of absinthe and vermouth, and as a tonic.
- n. Anything that causes bitterness or affliction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A composite plant (Artemisia Absinthium), having a bitter and slightly aromatic taste, formerly used as a tonic and a vermifuge, and to protect woolen garments from moths. It gives the peculiar flavor to the cordial called absinthe. The volatile oil is a narcotic poison. The term is often extended to other species of the same genus.
- n. Anything very bitter or grievous; bitterness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A. somewhat woody perennial herb, Artemisia Absinthium, native in Europe and Asiatic Russia, found in old gardens and by roadsides in North America.
- n. Figuratively
- n. Bitterness.
- n. By transference of the name, the common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiæfolia, a bitter plant with foliage dissected somewhat like that of an artemisia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several low composite herbs of the genera Artemisia or Seriphidium
[ "Make wormwood wine thus: take _aqua vitæ_ and malmsey, of each like much, put it in a glasse or bottell with _a few leaves of dried wormwood_, and let it stand certain days,] and strein out a little spoonfull, and drink it with a draught of ale or wine: [it may be long preserved.]" [
In Europe, however, this isn't the case; "wormwood" is used only for the absinth-producing species, Artemisia absinthium.
The myth of absinthe's mind-altering properties is based on the idea that a chemical in wormwood called thujone causes hallucinations and other mental instability, and even addiction.
Dr. Magnan would later blame the chemical thujone, contained in wormwood, for these effects. [wiki]
No wonder your home brew tasted awful: wormwood is exceedingly bitter.
Confusing mugwort with wormwood is at the level of confusing potato (Solanum tuberosum) with black nightshade (Solanum nigrum) because they share the genus Solanum.
Yes, I recall the wormwood, which is always a planted herb, so there must have been folks there before the Todds 'day.
Among the ingredients they searched for was thujone, a substance found in wormwood that some have claimed existed in higher quantities in pre-ban absinthe than in the modern stuff, and might have caused effects that we don’t see today.
The drink had been a nineteenth-century fad with a bad rep because an herbal ingredient called wormwood had a marijuana-like effect.
Well, it is a type of Artemisia, commonly called wormwood one species of which is also known as Absinthe, and it is used in herbal preparations and Asian cuisine – in fact, one of my favorite foods is buckwheat Soba flavored with the fresh leafiness of Mugwort, which gives a really interesting greenish tint to the noodles.