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NOUN (1)

1. any of several low composite herbs of the genera Artemisia or Seriphidium;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wormwood \Worm"wood\, n. [AS. werm?d, akin to OHG. wermuota, wormuota, G. wermuth, wermut; of uncertain origin.] [1913 Webster] 1. (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. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything very bitter or grievous; bitterness. [1913 Webster] Lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood. --Deut. xxix. 18. [1913 Webster] Roman wormwood (Bot.), an American weed (Ambrosia artemisiaefolia); hogweed. Tree wormwood (Bot.), a species of Artemisia (probably Artemisia variabilis) with woody stems. Wormwood hare (Zool.), a variety of the common hare (Lepus timidus); -- so named from its color. [1913 Webster]