tan·​sy | \ ˈtan-zē How to pronounce tansy (audio) \
plural tansies

Definition of tansy

: a common Old World composite herb (Tanacetum vulgare) that is naturalized in North America and has bitter-tasting finely divided aromatic leaves and clustered yellow flower heads lacking ray flowers broadly : a plant of the same genus

Examples of tansy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its blue tansy and hyaluronic acid gel-like serum helps to evenly distribute microcurrents, which can help lead to faster results. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 14 May 2022 Tea tree oil and blue tansy pitch in for that pore-clearing effect, while jojoba oil and squalane balance oil. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 In the following decades, there’s been a declining effort to control tansy. oregonlive, 30 Oct. 2021 Blue tansy oil, yarrow and burdock root extracts are natural ingredients that help to address redness, irritation and pigmentation. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 19 June 2021 This retinol works on all skin types and without irritating the skin, thanks to the soothing properties of blue tansy and chamomile. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 7 May 2021 How to grow it: Think about kind options to maintain a healthy garden, such as having kids plant garden helpers like thyme and tansy, which both have strong oils that deter pesky bugs like aphids and whiteflies. Kier Holmes, National Geographic, 29 May 2020 Related Articles One example is the common tansy, which is toxic to grazing animals and is moving to Canada in search of colder temperatures. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, 2 Dec. 2019 The Blue Cocoon’s hero ingredient is blue tansy, which calms and relieves inflammation. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of tansy

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tansy

Middle English tansey, from Anglo-French tanesie, from Late Latin tanacita

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17 May 2022

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“Tansy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tansy. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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