Absinthe Definition

ăbsĭnth
noun
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.
American Heritage
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) or its essence.
Webster's New World
A green, bitter, toxic liqueur made with wormwood oil and anise: now illegal in most countries.
Webster's New World
A similar drink, as anis or pastis, made with a wormwood substitute.
Webster's New World
(figuratively) Bitterness; sorrow. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
artemisia-absinthiumlad's loveold mancommon wormwoodabsinth
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Other Word Forms of Absinthe

Noun

Singular:
absinthe
Plural:
absinthes

Origin of Absinthe

  • French absinthe, from Latin absinthium, from Ancient Greek ἀψίνθιον (apsinthion, “wormwood”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English wormwood from Old French from Latin absinthium from Greek apsinthion

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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