abrotanum

noun

abrot·​a·​num
əˈbrätᵊnəm
plural -s

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin, specific epithet of Artemisia abrotanum, earlier, a name for either this plant or Santolina chamaecyparissus, going back to Latin abrotanum, abrotonum, habrotonum, borrowed from Greek abrotonon, habrotonon

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abrotanum was before the 12th century

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“Abrotanum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abrotanum. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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