ἀψίνθιον

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from an Iranian source; compare Persian اسپند (espand, wormwood). Both might be from a common Pre-Greek source.

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Noun[edit]

ἀψίνθιον (apsínthionn (genitive ἀψινθίου); second declension

  1. wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
    • 430 BCE – 354 BCE, Xenophon, Anabasis 1.5.1
      ἐν τούτῳ δὲ τῷ τόπῳ ἦν μὲν ἡ γῆ πεδίον ἅπαν ὁμαλὲς ὥσπερ θάλαττα, ἀψινθίου δὲ πλῆρες·
      en toútōi dè tôi tópōi ên mèn hē gê pedíon hápan homalès hṓsper thálatta, apsinthíou dè plêres·
      In this region the ground was all a plain, flat like the sea, and full of wormwood.
  2. absinthe

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