- wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) or its essence
- a green, bitter, toxic liqueur made with wormwood oil and anise: now illegal in most countries
- a similar drink, as anis or pastis, made with a wormwood substitute
Origin of absintheMiddle English from Old French from Classical Latin absinthium from Classical Greek apsinthion
- A perennial aromatic Eurasian herb (Artemisia absinthium) in the composite family, naturalized in North America and having pinnatifid, silvery, silky leaves and numerous nodding flower heads. Also called wormwood .
- A green liquor having a bitter anise or licorice flavor and a high alcohol content, prepared from absinthe and other herbs, prohibited in many countries when containing thujone because of its alleged toxicity.
Origin of absintheMiddle English wormwood from Old French from Latin absinthium from Greek apsinthion
- The herb absinthium Artemisia absinthium, (grande wormwood); essence of wormwood. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (figuratively) Bitterness; sorrow . [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (alcohol): A distilled, highly alcoholic, anise-flavored liquor originally made from grande wormwood, anise, and other herbs. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- A moderate yellow green; absinthe green. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
- (US) Sagebrush
- (wormwood): Absinth is the preferred spelling of this sense only .