Absinthe meaning

ăbsĭnth
A moderate yellow green; absinthe green. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
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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.
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A green liqueur 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.
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Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) or its essence.
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The herb absinthium Artemisia absinthium, (grande wormwood); essence of wormwood. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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(figuratively) Bitterness; sorrow. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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(alcohol): A distilled, highly alcoholic, anise-flavored liquor originally made from grande wormwood, anise, and other herbs. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
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Origin of absinthe

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary