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worm·wood

 (wûrm′wo͝od′)
n.
1.
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.]

wormwood

(ˈwɜːmˌwʊd)
n
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]

worm•wood

(ˈwɜrmˌwʊd)

n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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 annua, sweet wormwood - wormwood of southeastern Europe to Iran
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
Artemis pontica, Roman wormwood - European wormwood; minor source of absinthe
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
subshrub, suffrutex - low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base
Translations

wormwood

[ˈwɜːmwʊd] N
1.ajenjo m
2. (fig) → hiel f, amargura f

wormwood

nWermut m; (fig)Wermutstropfen m

wormwood

[ˈwɜːmˌwʊd] n (Bot) → assenzio
References in classic literature ?
He walked along the meadow, dragging his feet, rustling the grass, and gazing at the dust that covered his boots; now he took big strides trying to keep to the footprints left on the meadow by the mowers, then he counted his steps, calculating how often he must walk from one strip to another to walk a mile, then he stripped the flowers from the wormwood that grew along a boundary rut, rubbed them in his palms, and smelled their pungent, sweetly bitter scent.
It begun then--at the time of the trouble with her lover," nodded Old Tom; "and it seems as if she'd been feedin' on wormwood an' thistles ever since--she's that bitter an' prickly ter deal with.
Removing the weeds, putting fresh soil about the bean stems, and encouraging this weed which I had sown, making the yellow soil express its summer thought in bean leaves and blossoms rather than in wormwood and piper and millet grass, making the earth say beans instead of grass -- this was my daily work.