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absinthe

noun ab·sinthe \ˈab-(ˌ)sin(t)th\

Simple Definition of absinthe

  • : a green alcoholic drink that has a very strong and bitter flavor

Full Definition of absinthe

  1. 1 :  wormwood 1

  2. 2 :  a green liqueur which is flavored with wormwood, anise, and other aromatic herbs and commercial production of which is banned in many countries for health concerns; also :  a liqueur resembling absinthe

Variants of absinthe

also ab·sinth play \ˈab-(ˌ)sin(t)th\

Origin of absinthe

French absinthe, from Latin absinthium, from Greek apsinthion


First Known Use: 1612

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absinthe

noun ab·sinthe

Medical Definition of absinthe

  1. 1:  wormwood

  2. 2:  a green liqueur flavored with wormwood or a substitute, anise, and other aromatics



Variants of absinthe

also ab·sinth \ˈab-(ˌ)sin(t)th\play

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