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absinthe Line breaks: ab|sinthe
Pronunciation: /ˈabsɪnθ/
(also absinth)

Definition of absinthe in English:


1 [mass noun] A potent green aniseed-flavoured liqueur, originally made with the shrub wormwood.
Example sentences
  • Kerrie admitted having drunk two shots of absinthe, a shot of vodka and a can of Stella Artois lager on the night in question.
  • But no one, not even the manufacturers, claim that this new French product is actual absinthe.
  • Lesser quality absinthe was made by adding plant extracts to lower grade alcohol.
2 [mass noun] another term for wormwood (sense 1).


Late Middle English: from French absinthe, via Latin from Greek apsinthion 'wormwood'.

Words that rhyme with absinthe

hyacinth • ninth

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