Wormwood meaning

wûrmwo͝od
Something harsh or embittering.
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Any of a number of strong-smelling plants (genus Artemisia) of the composite family, with white or yellow flowers; esp., a Eurasian perennial (A. absinthium) that yields a bitter, dark-green oil (wormwood oil) used in making absinthe.
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A bitter, unpleasant, or mortifying experience.
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(botany) An intensely bitter herb (Artemisia absinthium and similar plants in genus Artemisia) used in the production of absinthe and vermouth, and as a tonic.
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Anything that causes bitterness or affliction.
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Origin of wormwood

  • Middle English wormwode alteration (influenced by worm worm) (and wode wood, perhaps from the use of its leaves as a vermifuge) of wermod from Old English wermōd from Germanic wermōdaz

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

  • From Middle English wormwode, alteration of wermode (“wormwood"), from Old English wermōd, wormōd (“wormwood, absinthe"), from Proto-Germanic *wermōdaz (“wormwood"). Cognate with Middle Low German wermode, wermede (“wormwood"), German Wermut (“wormwood"). See vermouth.

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