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

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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

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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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