ar·​te·​mi·​sia | \ ˌär-tə-ˈmi-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce artemisia (audio) , -zē-ə \

Definition of artemisia

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

Examples of artemisia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Loose plants along the fence (such as salvia, lamb’s ears, and artemisia) soften the structured boxwoods. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "See How One Alabama Family Transformed a Starter House Into Their Forever Home," 25 Apr. 2020 For one, this particular landscape is dominated by two plant groups, junipers and artemisias—basically the Central Asian version of the American southwest’s sage brush. Matt Simon, WIRED, "These Ancient Peoples Smoked the Chronic at Funerals," 12 June 2019 Try deer- and rabbit-resistant perennial flowers, including agastache, artemisia, lavender, monarda, ornamental oregano, Russian sage, salvia, and yarrow. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of artemisia

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for artemisia

New Latin, from Latin, artemisia, from Greek, wormwood

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The first known use of artemisia was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Artemisia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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ar·​te·​mis·​ia | \ ˌärt-ə-ˈmizh(-ē)-ə How to pronounce artemisia (audio) , -ˈmē-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce artemisia (audio) , -ˈmiz-ē-ə \

Medical Definition of artemisia

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

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