• WordNet 3.6
    • n absinthe strong green liqueur flavored with wormwood and anise
    • n absinthe aromatic herb of temperate Eurasia and North Africa having a bitter taste used in making the liqueur absinthe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Absinthe A strong spirituous liqueur made from wormwood and brandy or alcohol. "Absinthe makes the tart grow fonder."
    • Absinthe The plant absinthium or common wormwood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n absinthe The common name of a highly aromatic liqueur of an opaline-green color and bitter taste; an abbreviation of extrait d'absinthe, extract of absinthium. It is prepared by steeping in alcohol or strong spirit bitter herbs, the chief of which are Artemisia Absinthium, A. mutellina, A. spicata; besides which some recipes mention plants that are not of this genus, and can be intended only to modify the bitter of the wormwoods; the liquor so flavored is then redistilled. It is considered tonic and stomachic. Its excessive use produces a morbid condition differing somewhat from ordinary alcoholism. Vertigo and epileptiform convulsions are marked symptoms, and hallucinations occur without other symptoms of delirium tremens. The use of it prevailed at one time among the French soldiers in Algiers, but it is now forbidden throughout the French army. The most common way of preparing it for drinking is by pouring it into water drop by drop or allowing it to trickle through a funnel with a minute opening; so prepared, it is called la hussarde, and is common in the cafés of France, Italy, and Switzerland.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Absinthe spirit combined with extract of wormwood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. absinthe,. See Absinthium
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. absinthium, wormwood—Gr.


In literature:

When he did, she said she wanted some absinthe.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
Over the absinthe tripping commentary Aspasia sinks from the Chasusee d'Antin to the porter's lodge.
"The Cockaynes in Paris" by Blanchard Jerrold
He can see visions of power only in the colors of his absinthe glass.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
Soup, turkey, peas, mince pie, plum pudding, chocolate, champagne, absinthe, and coffee.
"Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915" by Anonymous
Then he saw, with something of a shock, that a glass of absinthe stood on the table.
"The Admirable Tinker" by Edgar Jepson
Let me ring for your old beverage, absinthe.
"Bohemian Days" by Geo. Alfred Townsend
Absinthe, a bath and dinner!
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Miss Addams does not know that even from France they have banished absinthe.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
For drinks, liquors mixed with brandy or absinthe: in the whole thing neither originality nor picturesqueness.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
I was seated in a cafe sipping some absinthe when a man asked me if I would execute a small commission for him.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
He saw none, though night was falling and stout Frenchmen were already intent upon their absinthe.
"The Mission Of Mr. Eustace Greyne" by Robert Hichens
No absinthe there, Mr.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
The hour of punishment, which was bitter as absinthe to his taste, became sweet as honey in his memory.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
He was the Frenchman whose absinthe had offended me.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
If only De Quincey had realized the possibility of absinthe, he would have given us jewelled prose indeed.
"The Missioner" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
By a vote of the people the Canton Vaud accepted a measure prohibiting the manufacture, storage, and sale of absinthe.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
There's some absinthe coming, that will set you up.
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 3 of 6" by Eugène Sue
I can tell you that when once I was started, the absinthe-driver was bowled over.
"The Lightning Conductor" by C. N. Williamson
The immense consumption of absinthe, which just before the war was so marked a feature of the cafe-life of Paris, has now greatly decreased.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. December, 1877." by Various
Yesterday morning I started for my office as usual; I was delighted with my trick, and I said to myself that my absinthe was in no danger.
"The Flower Girl of The Château d'Eau, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XV)" by Charles Paul de Kock

In poetry:

Rare Absinthe! Oh, it gives me strength
To write and write; and so I spend
Day after day, until at length
With joy and pain I'll write The End:
Then let this carcase rot; I give
The world my Book — my Book will live.
"My Book" by Robert W Service

In news:

IN praise of the opaque green liqueur beloved by his creative contemporaries, Oscar Wilde once posed the rhetorical question, "What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset.".
Trying to Clear Absinthe 's Reputation.
Martinez at Absinthe Brasserie and Bar.
Like most good college students, we had a raucous four months studying abroad in Europe where we discovered nude beaches, smoking indoors and the "green fairy," absinthe .
There's never a dull moment in the world of Marilyn Manson and in a new interview the 'Born Villain' talks intimately about the creative process for his new disc, his love of absinthe , and his 'bromance' with Johnny Depp.
Dale DeGroff and chemist Ted Breaux (founder of Jade Liqueurs and Lucid Absinthe) announced they will release their new handcrafted allspice cocktail bitters next month.
That puts it one step closer to making absinthe at the ArtEgg Studios near the I-10 overpass.
Absinthe Minded, Joyful Victory Meet in Azeri .
Absinthe Minded won the Bayakoa Stakes by four lengths on Feb 18.
Originally we played with infusing bitter herbs and spices in absinthe but found the task too time consuming and the results too inconsistent.
High-wire daredevil Tony Hernandez, who nightly pulls off the death-defying walk through the sky above the audience at "Absinthe" in Caesars Palace, is planning an even more dangerous tightrope stunt.
Absinthe-addled, Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack) stalks the streets of Baltimore in search of the killer he inspired.
Melody Sweets from "Absinthe" gives Kats and the Dish a sneak peak at her first solo album, "Burlesque in Black.
Executive pastry chef Bill Corbett, Absinthe Brasserie and Bar, San Francisco.
Absinthe, the nervous system and painting .