But voters are more likely to go for Gabriel Ebert, who plays Mr. wormwood in Matilda the Musical with bitter fun.
Like, Mrs. wormwood very much wants to be the center of attention.
Strong fennel and wormwood hit the back of my tongue along with a dryness from the barrel and hints of citrus from the chamomile.
Whatever intelligence the letter may have contained, one thing seemed obvious—that it was gall and wormwood to his heart.
Give it brimstone and treacle and a cupful of wormwood and camomile.
It was gall and wormwood to the old man, but it had to be swallowed.
This was wormwood and gall to the parent, but he did not spare himself.
I have drank the sparkle and foam, and the gall and wormwood of all liquors.
He had to live on her money, which galled him, and to be assisted by the Dean's money, which was wormwood to him.
Boneset, wormwood and catnip had their places on the wall, together with ears of corn and strings of dried apples.
c.1400, folk etymology of Old English wermod "wormwood," related to vermouth, but the ultimate etymology is unknown. Cf. Old Saxon wermoda, Dutch wermoet, Old High German werimuota, German Wermut. Weekley suggests wer "man" + mod "courage," from its early use as an aphrodisiac. Figurative use, however, is usually in reference to its bitter aftertaste. Perhaps because of the folk etymology, it formerly was used to protect clothes and bedding from moths and fleas. "A medecyne for an hawke that hath mites. Take the Iuce of wormewode and put it ther thay be and thei shall dye." ["Book of St. Albans," 1486]
Heb. la'anah, the Artemisia absinthium of botanists. It is noted for its intense bitterness (Deut. 29:18; Prov. 5:4; Jer. 9:15; Amos 5:7). It is a type of bitterness, affliction, remorse, punitive suffering. In Amos 6:12 this Hebrew word is rendered "hemlock" (R.V., "wormwood"). In the symbolical language of the Apocalypse (Rev. 8:10, 11) a star is represented as falling on the waters of the earth, causing the third part of the water to turn wormwood. The name by which the Greeks designated it, absinthion, means "undrinkable." The absinthe of France is distilled from a species of this plant. The "southernwood" or "old man," cultivated in cottage gardens on account of its fragrance, is another species of it.