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a. Any of several aromatic plants of the genus Artemisia.
b. See absinthe.
2. Something harsh or embittering: "Mr. Dempster could never think of his lost client without strong irritation, and the very sight of Mr. Jerome passing in the street was wormwood to him" (George Eliot).
[Middle English wormwode, alteration (influenced by worm, worm, and wode, wood, perhaps from the use of its leaves as a vermifuge) of wermod, from Old English wermōd, from Germanic *wermōdaz.]
1. (Plants) Also called: absinthe 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)
2. something that embitters, such as a painful experience
[C15: changed (through influence of worm and wood1) from Old English wormōd, wermōd; related to Old High German werrnuata, German Wermut; see vermouth]
1. any composite plant of the genus Artemisia, esp. the bitter, aromatic plant, A. absinthium, of Eurasia, used as a vermifuge and a tonic, and as an ingredient in absinthe.
2. something bitter, grievous, or extremely unpleasant.
[1350–1400; late Middle English wormwode, alter., by folk etym., of Middle English wermode, Old English wermōd]
wormwood- There are no worms or wood involved in wormwood, which is an alteration of the word wermod, a plant used for making vermouth, absinthe and medicine.
See also related terms for worms.
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|Noun||1.||wormwood - any of several low composite herbs of the genera Artemisia or Seriphidium|
aster family, Asteraceae, Compositae, family Asteraceae, family Compositae - plants with heads composed of many florets: aster; daisy; dandelion; goldenrod; marigold; lettuces; ragweed; sunflower; thistle; zinnia
mugwort - any of several weedy composite plants of the genus Artemisia
Artemisia abrotanum, southernwood - shrubby European wormwood naturalized in North America; sometimes used in brewing beer
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
Artemisia campestris, field wormwood - European wormwood similar to common wormwood in its properties
Artemisia frigida, prairie sagewort, wormwood sage - silky-leaved aromatic perennial of dry northern parts of the northern hemisphere; has tawny florets
Artemisia stelleriana, beach wormwood, old woman, dusty miller - herb with greyish leaves found along the east coast of North America; used as an ornamental plant
Artemisia maritima, sea wormwood, Seriphidium maritimum - plants of western and northern European coasts