• WordNet 3.6
    • n southernwood shrubby European wormwood naturalized in North America; sometimes used in brewing beer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Southernwood (Bot) A shrubby species of wormwood (Artemisia Abrotanum) having aromatic foliage. It is sometimes used in making beer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n southernwood A shrubby-stemmed species of wormwood, Artemisia Abrotanum, found wild in southern Europe, especially in Spain, but of somewhat uncertain origin. It is cultivated in gardens for its pleasantly scented, finely dissected leaves. Also called old-man, and, provincially, slovenwood, lad's-love, boy's-love, etc. The name has been extended to allied species. See abrotanum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Southernwood (suth′-) an aromatic plant of southern Europe, closely allied to wormwood
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. súth; Ger. süd, Ice. sudhr.


In literature:

She filled her skirt with a harvest of aromatic plants, southernwood, mint, verbenas.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Mugwort, southernwood, and wormwood are still to be found in old gardens: they stand here side by side.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
At the corner of a little square planted with southernwood-trees in tubs, Philip called a halt.
"The Magic City" by Edith Nesbit
Then one after another he took up the herbs, southernwood and all, and bruised them to get their separate fragrance.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
Fresh sprig of greenest southernwood, Thou call'st me back to my childhood!
"Song-waves" by Theodore H. Rand
Some also take Lavender, Rosemary, Sage, Southernwood, Lavender Cotton, or some such other thing.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
John Trueman's cottage was a neat little place, standing in a garden, adorned with pinks and rosemary and southernwood.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood
Compositae, comprising mugwort, southernwood, and wormwood.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
One of Bret Harte's Western girls speaks of hunting for the plant known as "Old Man" (southernwood), because she wanted it for "smellidge.
"The Life of Bret Harte" by Henry Childs Merwin
If fresh southernwood is added each time it passes through the linen, the composition will be improved.
"The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness" by Florence Hartley
Here's southernwood, that's very good, Dandelion and houseleek.
"A History of the Cries of London" by Charles Hindley
Here's southernwood that's very good, Dandelion and houseleek.
"The Cries of London" by John Thomas Smith
For the city of a day sprigs of southernwood, lavender, thyme, or marjoram make charming little trees.
"Wings and the Child" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
Box-edging and southernwood are examples.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 7" by Various
A restless little child was once handed during the church services in summer a bunch of Caraway seeds, and a goodly sprig of Southernwood.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
She didn't suppose Mr. Green cared for southernwood.
"Narcissa, or the Road to Rome" by Laura E. Richards