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Definition of WORMWOOD

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Wormwood \Worm"wood\, n. [AS. werm?d, akin to OHG. wermuota, wormuota, G. wermuth, wermut; of uncertain origin.] [1913 Webster]
     1. (Bot.) A composite plant ({Artemisia Absinthium}), having a bitter and slightly aromatic taste, formerly used as a tonic and a vermifuge, and to protect woolen garments from moths. It gives the peculiar flavor to the cordial called absinthe. The volatile oil is a narcotic poison. The term is often extended to other species of the same genus. [1913 Webster]

     2. Anything very bitter or grievous; bitterness. [1913 Webster]

              Lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood.                    --Deut. xxix.
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     {Roman wormwood} (Bot.), an American weed ({Ambrosia artemisiaefolia}); hogweed.

     {Tree wormwood} (Bot.), a species of Artemisia (probably {Artemisia variabilis}) with woody stems.

     {Wormwood hare} (Zool.), a variety of the common hare ({Lepus timidus}); -- so named from its color. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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