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ab·sinthe

also ab·sinth  (ăb′sĭnth)
n.
1. A perennial aromatic Eurasian herb (Artemisia absinthium) in the composite family, naturalized in North America and having pinnatifid, silvery, silky leaves and numerous nodding flower heads. Also called wormwood.
2. A green liquor having a bitter anise or licorice flavor and a high alcohol content, prepared from absinthe and other herbs, prohibited in many countries when containing thujone because of its alleged toxicity.

[Middle English, wormwood, from Old French, from Latin absinthium, from Greek apsinthion.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.absinth - strong green liqueur flavored with wormwood and aniseabsinth - strong green liqueur flavored with wormwood and anise
anise seed, aniseed, anise - liquorice-flavored seeds, used medicinally and in cooking and liquors
cordial, liqueur - strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
absinthe, Artemisia absinthium, common wormwood, lad's love, old man - aromatic herb of temperate Eurasia and North Africa having a bitter taste used in making the liqueur absinthe
Translations
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absinttikoiruohomali
abszintfehér üröm
アブサン
absintmalurt
absint

absinth

absinthe [ˈæbsɪnθ] N
1. (= drink) → absenta f
2. (Bot) → ajenjo m

absinth(e)

nAbsinth m
References in classic literature ?
He felt in no mood for conversation, and as he sipped his absinth he let his mind run rather sorrowfully over the past few weeks of his life.
A mixture of absinth and some West Indian bitters," Granet replied.
I knocked back my first absinth - a very small one - and waited.
Although Absinth production probably dates back to the 1600s, it gained popularity in the early 1900s when cheap industrial producers began artificially coloring it with toxic chemicals like copper and zinc making people sick.
A spokesman for the bar said it would now look to change the name of the cocktail, which was given the name as a reference to the strength of the absinth it contains.
Absinth is being imported from Prague by a consortium backed by John Moore, a former member of Scots band Jesus And Mary Chain.