• WordNet 3.6
    • n tansy common perennial aromatic herb native to Eurasia having buttonlike yellow flower heads and bitter-tasting pinnate leaves sometimes used medicinally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tansy A dish common in the seventeenth century, made of eggs, sugar, rose water, cream, and the juice of herbs, baked with butter in a shallow dish.
    • Tansy (Bot) Any plant of the composite genus Tanacetum. The common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) has finely divided leaves, a strong aromatic odor, and a very bitter taste. It is used for medicinal and culinary purposes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tansy A perennial herb, Tanacetum vulgare, a stout erect plant 2 or 3 feet high, with pinnate cuttoothed leaves, and yellow ray-less heads in a terminal corymb. It is native in the northern Old World, and well known as an introduced roadside weed in North America. The acrid strong-scented leaves and tops are an officinal drug with the properties of an aromatic bitter and an irritant narcotic. The volatile oil is highly poisonous. The leaves were formerly used as a seasoning. See def. 3.
    • n tansy One of several plants with somewhat similar leaves, as the milfoil, Achillea Millefolium, the silverweed (also goose-tansy), and the ragwort, Senecio Jacobæa. See the phrases below.
    • n tansy A pudding or cake made with eggs, cream, sugar, rose-water, and the juice of tansy, to which that of spinach, sorrel, or other herbs was sometimes added.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tansy tan′zi a genus of composite plants allied to Artemisia—Common tansy is a bitter, aromatic plant with small yellow flowers, common on old pasture: a pudding or cake flavoured with tansy, eaten at Easter.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tansaye, F. tanaise,; cf. It. & Sp. tanaceto, NL. tanacetum, Pg. atanasia, athanasia, Gr. 'aqanasi`a immortality, fr. 'aqa`natos immortal; 'a priv. + qa`natos death
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tanasie, through Late L., from Gr. athanasia, immortality.


In literature:

Later she went out beside the west fence and gathered an armful of tansy which she boiled to a thick green tea.
"A Girl Of The Limberlost" by Gene Stratton Porter
By the path grew tansy and little trees.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
It is a little like tansy.
"Taras Bulba and Other Tales" by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
That is well said, said Friar John now, this is something like a tansy.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
By three o'clock in the afternoon of that day they had reached Tansy River, now known as the Teton, having travelled sixty-three miles.
"First Across the Continent" by Noah Brooks
Of tansy about thirty-five thousand pounds have been imported annually at a price rallying from three to six cents.
"Three Acres and Liberty" by Bolton Hall
Pennyroyal and tansy are good for the same medicinal purpose.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
Yessum, dey had a doctor sometime, but de most dey done wuz give 'em hoarhound, yellow root and tansy.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
Tansy continues in some places.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Above the stone wall on the west side of River Street was an abundant growth of tansy.
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall
I've got a plenty, tansy an' sage, an' you know it.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
Tansy is a hardy, perennial, herbaceous plant, naturalized from Europe, and abundant by roadsides and in waste places.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Mam' Chloe had given me tansy tea for a bad cold last winter.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
My poor wife, That lies a-weeping for a tansy-cake!
"One-Act Plays" by Various
Wormwood or tansy lotions are also good.
"Domestic Animals" by Richard L. Allen
I had observed the people at every house drying Tansy, but could meet with nobody who would inform me to what use it was destined.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
Tansy was used to preserve meat, and to flavor various dishes.
"In the Days of the Guild" by Louise Lamprey
Tansy bitters were made of Tansy leaves placed in a bottle with New England rum.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
Oil of Tansy has also been employed in America as an abortive agent, and in three instances, at least, has caused death.
"Memoranda on Poisons" by Thomas Hawkes Tanner
The Tansy has a short, green stem rising stiff and straight from the ground, and this stem branches at the top into three or four forks.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith

In poetry:

Summer brings the tansy now,
Flaunting round the ancient well;
Farther stretches web and waste,
Time's decaying spell.
" The Patriot's Birthplace" by Annie Adams Fields
A garden, which, all summer through,
The roses old make redolent,
And morning-glories, gay of hue,
And tansy, with its homely scent,
Is all I ask for me and you.
"Content" by Madison Julius Cawein
Like the bee that now is blown
Honey-heavy on my hand,
From his toppling tansy-throne
In the green tempestuous land - I'm in clover now, nor know
Who made honey long ago.
"Forefathers" by Edmund Blunden
No shouting from the intervales, no singing from the hill,
No scent of trodden tansy weeds among the golden grain–
Only the silent, cringing forms beneath the aching chill.
Only the hungry eyes of want in haggard cheeks of pain.
"The Winter Harvest" by Lloyd Roberts
With noise of leafy singing
And white wands swinging,
They marched away amid the grass that swayed to let them through.
Between the yellow tansies
Their eyes, like purple pansies,
Peered back on me before they passed all trackless in the dew.
"Fairy-Led" by Mary Webb

In news:

CROSSVILLE — With Veteran's Day just around the corner, it is time for the Lake Tansi Exchange Club's annual One Nation Under God Breakfast.
Bryan Wyatt, Rob Jones and Roger Potter, along with Micah McShan (not present), won the first flight of the City of Crossville Invitational, played Oct 3 at Lake Tansi.
Tansy ragwort taken at Del Norte Transfer Station.
CROSSVILLE — I have heard talk about Tansi POA (LTPOA) going bankrupt.
Tansi POA files suit over sewer system loan.
A tansy ragwort plant in full bloom.
Tansy Houghton, 80, passed away on Friday, Dec 23, 2011.
CROSSVILLE — A new member of the Crossville City Council has determined a proposed merger of the city water and sewer services with Tansi Sewer Utility District (TSUD) and South Cumberland Utility District (SCUD) would be ill advised .
Tansy Houghton , 80, passed away on Friday, Dec 23, 2011.
I'm practically the poster child for spray tans—I get them in the winter, in the summer.
Trouble is, now Tansy — again: Tansy.