wormwood

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noun worm·wood \ˈwərm-ˌwu̇d\

Definition of wormwood

  1. 1 :  artemisia; especially :  a European plant (Artemisia absinthium) that has silvery silky-haired leaves and drooping yellow flower heads and yields a bitter dark green oil used in absinthe

  2. 2 :  something bitter or grievous :  bitterness

Origin and Etymology of wormwood

Middle English wormwode, alteration of wermode, from Old English wermōd; akin to Old High German wermuota wormwood


First Known Use: 15th century


WORMWOOD Defined for English Language Learners

wormwood

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noun worm·wood \ˈwərm-ˌwu̇d\

Definition of wormwood for English Language Learners

  • : a plant that has a bitter taste


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wormwood

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noun worm·wood \ˈwərm-ˌwu̇d\

Medical Definition of wormwood

  1. :  artemisia 2; especially :  a European plant (Artemisia absinthium) yielding a bitter slightly aromatic dark green oil used in absinthe


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