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1. See wormseed.
2. The pungent leaves of the wormseed plant, used as a seasoning in Mexican cooking.

[American Spanish, from Nahuatl epazotl : epatl, skunk + tzotl, filth (from its smell).]
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1. (Plants) a common name for Dysphania ambrosioides
2. (Cookery) the leaves of this plant, which are used in Mexican cooking
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(ˈɛp əˌzoʊt)

a goosefoot, Chenopodium ambrosioides, having strong-smelling leaves sometimes used medicinally or as flavoring.
[1970–75; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl epazōtl]
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