Origin and Etymology of wormwood
Middle English wormwode, folk-etymological alteration of warmode, wermod, going back to Old English wermōd, going back to West Germanic *wermōda- (whence Old Saxon wermōda, Old High German wermuota), perhaps going back to a derivative of a base *wermo- “bitter,” dissimilated from dialectal Indo-European *(s)u̯eru̯o- (whence Welsh chwerw “bitter,” Old Irish serb)
First Known Use: 15th century
WORMWOOD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wormwood for English Language Learners
: a plant that has a bitter taste
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