absinthe

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See also: absînthe, Absinthe, and absinthé

English[edit]

Glasses of absinthe (3) with slotted spoons and sugar cubes.

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈæb.sɪnθ/, /ˈæb.sænθ/
  • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæb.sɪnθ/, /ˈæb.sæ̃θ/[1]

Noun[edit]

absinthe (countable and uncountable, plural absinthes)

  1. The herb absinthium Artemisia absinthium (grande wormwood); essence of wormwood. [from 1350–1470][2]
  2. (figuratively) Bitterness; sorrow.[2] [from 1350–1470][2]
  3. A distilled, highly alcoholic, anise-flavored liquor originally made from grande wormwood, anise, and other herbs. [from mid 19th c.][2]
    Synonym: (colloquial) green fairy
    • 2010, Paul Owens; Paul Nathan, The Little Green Book of Absinthe[1], Penguin, →ISBN:
      Absinthe ads like to trade on artists like Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, as if the history of the green fairy began in the Pigalle neighborhood of 1870s Paris, but wormwood-infused drinks have been around for thousands of years.
  4. (color) A moderate yellow green. [from late 19th c.][2]
    absinthe green:  
    Synonym: absinthe green
  5. (US) Sagebrush.

Usage notes[edit]

  • (wormwood): Absinth is the preferred spelling of this sense only.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/absinthe
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “absinthe”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 9.

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French[edit]

absinthe

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin absinthium.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

absinthe f (plural absinthes)

  1. wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
  2. absinthe
    Synonym: fée verte

Descendants[edit]

All are borrowed

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