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wormwood

noun worm·wood \ˈwərm-ˌwd\

: a plant that has a bitter taste

Full Definition of WORMWOOD

1
:  artemisia; especially :  a European plant (Artemisia absinthium) that has silvery silky-haired leaves and drooping yellow flower heads and yields a bitter dark green oil used in absinthe
2
:  something bitter or grievous :  bitterness

Origin of WORMWOOD

Middle English wormwode, alteration of wermode, from Old English wermōd; akin to Old High German wermuota wormwood
First Known Use: 15th century

wormwood

noun worm·wood \ˈwərm-ˌwd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of WORMWOOD

:  artemisia 2; especially :  a European plant (Artemisia absinthium) yielding a bitter slightly aromatic dark green oil used in absinthe

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