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

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tansy was in the 13th century

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“Tansy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tansy. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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