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Definition of "wormwood" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • Something harsh or embittering. (noun)
  • Any of various plants of the chiefly N temperate genus Artemisia, esp A. absinthium, a European plant yielding a bitter extract used in making absinthe: family Asteraceae (composites) (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Something that embitters, such as a painful experience (noun)

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Use "wormwood" in a sentence
  • "[ "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."
  • "Dr. Magnan would later blame the chemical thujone, contained in wormwood, for these effects. [wiki]"