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[ab-sinth] /ˈæb sɪnθ/
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.
Origin of absinthe
1605-15; < French < Latin absinthium wormwood < Greek apsínthion
Related forms
absinthial, absinthian, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for absinthe
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for absinthe


a potent green alcoholic drink, technically a gin, originally having high wormwood content
another name for wormwood (sense 1)
Word Origin
C15: via French and Latin from Greek apsinthion wormwood
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Word Origin and History for absinthe

also absinth, alcoholic liqueur distilled from wine mixed with wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), 1842, from French absinthe, "essence of wormwood," from Latin absinthum "wormwood," from Greek apsinthion, perhaps from Persian (cf. Persian aspand, of the same meaning). The plant so called in English from c.1500 (Old English used the word in the Latin form).

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