• WordNet 3.6
    • n wormwood any of several low composite herbs of the genera Artemisia or Seriphidium
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wormwood (Bot) A composite plant (Artemisia Absinthium), having a bitter and slightly aromatic taste, formerly used as a tonic and a vermifuge, and to protect woolen garments from moths. It gives the peculiar flavor to the cordial called absinthe. The volatile oil is a narcotic poison. The term is often extended to other species of the same genus.
    • Wormwood Anything very bitter or grievous; bitterness. "Lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wormwood A. somewhat woody perennial herb, Artemisia Absinthium, native in Europe and Asiatic Russia, found in old gardens and by roadsides in North America. This plant is proverbial for its bitterness, and was in medicinal use among the ancients. It is of a highly tonic property, and is still used in Europe for weak digestion; it was formerly employed for intermittents and some other troubles, and was once regarded as a vermifuge. It is very largely consumed, with a few other species, in preparing the absinthe beverage of the French. (See absinthe and absinthium (with cut)). The name is extended to the genus, or particularly to species closely related to this; various species have their own names, as southernwood, mugwort, tarragon, santonica, and sage-brush.
    • n wormwood Figuratively.
    • n wormwood Bitterness.
    • n wormwood By transference of the name, the common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiæfolia, a bitter plant with foliage dissected somewhat like that of an artemisia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wormwood wurm′wood the bitter plant Artemisia absinthium: bitterness.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. wermd, akin to OHG. wermuota, wormuota, G. wermuth, wermut,; of uncertain origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wermod (Ger. wermuth), wormwood; perh. lit. 'keep-mind,' in allusion to its medicinal (anthelmintic and tonic) properties—werian, to protect (Ger. wehren), mód, mind.


In literature:

The maddening thought of Eleanor and Quinton together adds gall and wormwood to the desolation in the deserted husband's heart.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
Life had turned to gall and wormwood.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
No chalice of life is altogether wormwood.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
WORMWOOD: A Drama of Paris.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
Change the wine-cup to wormwood ere it reaches my lips, and every throb of my heart to hate.
"The Corsair King" by Mór Jókai
The bitterness of his inferiority and servitude was as wormwood within him.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
Now it seemed almost like wormwood.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
The bruised wrist was to be bound up with the old-fashioned remedy of wormwood and hot vinegar.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Beetrees is gall an' wormwood to her.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
With wormwood am I fed by the Lord, in order to prove me; and in vain do I supplicate him to let this cup of bitterness pass away from me.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
Because of its bitterness it is often called wormwood.
"Trail Tales" by James David Gillilan
The reader need hardly be told that this was wormwood to the Countess.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
Wormwood used in weaning, 246.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
They that turn justice to wormwood, and abase righteousness to the earth!
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Neither 'Vendetta,' nor 'Thelma,' nor 'Wormwood' is supernatural.
"My First Book:" by Various
If I died, should I still live and be I, bearing my wormwood with me?
"The Day of His Youth" by Alice Brown
It was gall and wormwood to feel that after all he had been working and planning for the advantage of Copley.
"Hard Pressed" by Fred M. White
And so much for wormwood.
"The Old English Herbals" by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
I know that after that it was all wormwood for them both.
"The Key to Yesterday" by Charles Neville Buck
His passion of love has turned to bitterness, to wormwood.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking

In poetry:

While all the good I would impart,
The feelings I would share,
Are driven backward to my heart,
And turned to wormwood there;
"If This Be All" by Anne Bronte
Small care for sitting in the sun
Have I--small care to war with fate:
The wine and wormwood are as one,
Since thou art dead, my pretty mate.
"My Playmate" by Alice Cary
'Tis a cup of wormwood and gall,
When the doom of a great man is said;
And the best of a man is under a pall
When the best of his dreams is dead.
"Ghosts of Dreams" by William Herbert Carruth
And there was a fatal pleasure
In trampling on cherished and holy things;
And this passion, bitter as wormwood,
Was a frenzied delight for the heart!
"To the Muse" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
Bitter it mingles with the poisoned flow
Of the warm rivers winding to the shore,
Thousands must drink the waves of death and woe,
But the star Wormwood stains the heavens no more!
"For The Commemoration Services" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Sweeten at length this bitter bowl,
Which thou hast pour'd into my soul;
Thy wormwood turn to health, windes to fair weather,
For if thou stay,
I and this day,
As we did rise we die together.
"Repentance" by George Herbert

In news:

A green liqueur which is flavored with wormwood, anise and other aromatic herbs and commercial production of which is banned in many countries for health concerns.
Lucid absinthe is made with real wormwood that can be legally sold in the United States.
Six local bartenders do their best to redeem Chicago's native wormwood liqueur.
Carolyn Wormwood's late husband, US Navy officer Wayne Wormwood, was one of two Navy officers entrusted with photo-documenting the aftermath of the effects of the 'Fat Man' atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki on Aug 9, 1945.
Carolyn Wormwood 's late husband, US Navy officer Wayne Wormwood , was one of two Navy officers entrusted with photo-documenting the aftermath of the effects of the 'Fat Man' atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki on Aug 9, 1945.
Third release from Boston based band who formed in 2006 consisting of members: Chris Keene, Aurore Ounjian, Mikey Holland, and Erik Wormwood.
They are, from left, Mikey Holland, Chris Keene, Aurore Ounjian and Erik Wormwood.
So it's a little surprising that a wormwood species, Artemisia annua, holds a key to curing the deadly, ancient plague of malaria.
Wormwood, 44, faces four counts of sexual assault with a minor under 14 and five counts of sexual assault with a minor under 16.
The sexual abuse case against former foster parent Marvie Hill and business partner Eddie Wormwood is heading to Clark County District Court.