absinthe

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English[edit]

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Glasses of absinthe with slotted spoons and sugar cubes.

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Etymology[edit]

French absinthe, from Latin absinthium, from Ancient Greek ἀψίνθιον (apsínthion, wormwood).

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Noun[edit]

absinthe (plural absinthes)

  1. The herb absinthium Artemisia absinthium, (grande wormwood); essence of wormwood. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
  2. (figuratively) Bitterness; sorrow[1]. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
  3. (alcohol): A distilled, highly alcoholic, anise-flavored liquor originally made from grande wormwood, anise, and other herbs. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]
  4. A moderate yellow green; absinthe green. [First attested in the late 19th century.][1]
    absinthe green colour:    
  5. (US) Sagebrush

Usage notes[edit]

  • (wormwood): Absinth is the preferred spelling of this sense only[1].

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 9

French[edit]

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absinthe

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin absinthium.

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Noun[edit]

absinthe f (plural absinthes)

  1. wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
  2. absinthe

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