artemisia

noun ar·te·mi·sia \ ˌär-tə-ˈmi-zh(ē-)ə , -zē-ə \

Definition of artemisia

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

Origin and Etymology of artemisia

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


Medical Dictionary

artemisia

noun ar·te·mis·ia \ ˌärt-ə-ˈmizh(-ē)-ə , -ˈmē-zh(ē-)ə , -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

Biographical Note for artemisia

  • Ar*te*mis play \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.

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