absinth

absinthe

[ab-sinth]
noun
1.
a green, aromatic liqueur that is 68 percent alcohol, is made with wormwood and other herbs, and has a bitter, licorice flavor: now banned in most Western countries.
2.
wormwood ( def 2 ).
Also, absinth.


Origin:
1605–15; < French < Latin absinthium wormwood < Greek apsínthion

absinthial, absinthian, adjective
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absinthe or absinth (ˈæbsɪnθ)
 
n
1.  a potent green alcoholic drink, technically a gin, originally having high wormwood content
2.  another name for wormwood
 
[C15: via French and Latin from Greek apsinthion wormwood]
 
absinth or absinth
 
n
 
[C15: via French and Latin from Greek apsinthion wormwood]

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absinthe
alcoholic liqueur distilled from wine mixed with wormwood, 1842, from Fr. absinthe, "essence of wormwood," from Mod.L. (Linnaeus) name for the plant (Artemisia Absinthium), from L. absinthum, from Gk. apsinthion, perhaps from Persian (cf. Pers. aspand, of the same meaning). The plant so called in English
from 1610s.
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