tansy

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From Old French tanesie, tanoisie et al., aphetic form of athanasie, from Medieval Latin athanasia, from Ancient Greek ἀθανασία (athanasía, immortality).

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tansy (countable and uncountable, plural tansies)

  1. A herbaceous plant with yellow flowers, of the genus Tanacetum, especially Tanacetum vulgare.
    • 1913, DH Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin 2006, p. 365:
      The sunny afternoon was there, like another land. By the path grew tansy and little trees.
  2. (uncountable, obsolete) A dish common in the seventeenth century, made of eggs, sugar, rose water, cream, and the juice of herbs (including tansy), baked with butter in a shallow dish.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Pepys to this entry?)

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