santonica

santonica

[san-ton-i-kuh]
noun
the dried flower heads of any of several species of wormwood, belonging to the genus Artemisia, used as a vermifuge.

Origin:
1650–60; < Neo-Latin < Latin (herba) santonica (herb) of the Santonī a Gaulish tribe of Aquitania

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santonica (sænˈtɒnɪkə)
 
n
1.  an oriental wormwood plant, Artemisia cina (or maritima)
2.  the dried flower heads of this plant, formerly used as a vermifuge
 
[C17: New Latin, from Late Latin herba santonica herb of the Santones (probably wormwood), from Latin Santonī a people of Aquitania]

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