Definition of wormwood in English:

wormwood

Syllabification: worm·wood
Pronunciation: /ˈwərmˌwo͝od
 
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noun

  • 1A woody shrub with a bitter aromatic taste, used, especially formerly, as an ingredient of vermouth and absinthe and in medicine.
    • Genus Artemisia, family Compositae: several species, in particular the Eurasian A. absinthium
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    • This is a powdered mixture of natural ingredients that contains garlic as well as alfalfa, wormwood, yellowdock and pennyroyal.
    • Bitter herbs that would help would be gentian, artichoke, bitter orange, turmeric, wormwood and chamomile.
    • Hemingway later blamed the damage on woodworm, a witty reference to absinthe's quasi - magical ingredient - wormwood.
  • 2A state or source of bitterness or grief.
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    • The survivors of the 1996 election were relegated to a kind of mute opposition, forced to sip wormwood from the cup of their own brewing.
    • To be sure, the morbidity has become less lush; it's been distilled into essence of wormwood.

Origin

Old English wermōd. The change in spelling in late Middle English was due to association with worm and wood. Compare with vermouth.

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