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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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
Artemis \ˈärt-ə-məs\play , 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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