noun \ˌär-tə-ˈmi-zh(ē-)ə, -zē-ə\

Definition of ARTEMISIA

:  any of a genus (Artemisia) of aromatic composite herbs and shrubs (as sagebrush) — compare wormwood 1


New Latin, from Latin, artemisia, from Greek, wormwood
First Known Use: 14th century


noun \ˌärt-ə-ˈmizh(-ē)-ə, -ˈmē-zh(ē-)ə, -ˈmiz-ē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ARTEMISIA

capitalized : a genus of composite shrubs and herbs (as the sagebrushes and santonicas) that have strongly scented foliage and small rayless flower heads
: any plant of the genus Artemisia

Biographical Note for ARTEMISIA

Ar·te·mis, \ˈärt-ə-məs,\ Greek mythological character. Artemis was the Greek goddess of the hunt, wild animals, and the forest. She was identified with the Roman goddess Diana. Artemis was also worshiped as a goddess of chastity and childbirth. The genus Artemisia of composite plants was named after her, and a plant of this genus was formerly used to promote menstruation.


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of a genus (Artemisia) of aromatic herbs and shrubs in the Asteraceae family. Examples include wormwood, sagebrush, and tarragon. Many species are valued as ornamentals for their attractive silvery gray foliage, which is frequently used in horticultural plantings to create contrast or to smooth the transition between intense colors. The leaves of common wormwood (A. absinthium) have been used in medicines and beverages such as absinthe and vermouth. An extract from the Eurasian A. annua is used to treat quinine-resistant malaria.


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