- any of several European wormwoods (esp. Artemisia cina)
- the unexpanded, dried flower heads of several European wormwoods, containing santonin
Origin of santonicaModern Latin from Classical Latin (herba) santonica, after the Santoni, a people of ancient Gaulish
- Any of several perennial Eurasian artemisias, especially Artemisia cina and A. maritima, having aromatic leaves and numerous flower heads that yield santonin.
- The dried unopened flower heads of this plant.
Origin of santonicaNew Latin from Latin (herba) santonica from feminine of Santonicus of the Santoni, a Gallic people of Aquitania