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.
wormwood ( def 2 ).
Also, absinth.

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

absinthial, absinthian, adjective
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absinthe or absinth (ˈæbsɪnθ)
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
[C15: via French and Latin from Greek apsinthion wormwood]

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Word Origin & History

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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flavoured, distilled liquor, yellowish green in colour, turning to cloudy, opalescent white when mixed with water. Highly aromatic, this liqueur is dry and somewhat bitter in taste. Absinthe is made from a spirit high in alcohol, such as brandy, and marketed with alcoholic content of 68 percent by volume. Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium; see ) is the chief flavouring ingredient; other aromatic ingredients include licorice (which usually predominates in the aroma), hyssop, fennel, angelica root, aniseed, and star aniseed. The beverage was first produced commercially in 1797 by Henry-Louis Pernod, who purchased the formula from a French exile living in Switzerland.

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Example sentences
His small flask of absinthe was lost in the fall, and no matter how he tried, he could not think past the pain.
Absinthe drinkers talk about seeing the green faerie.
She had only one absinthe and sipped it slowly, thinking.
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