wormwood

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From Middle English wormwode, alteration of wermode (wormwood), from Old English wermōd, wormōd (wormwood, absinthe), from Proto-Germanic *wermōdaz (wormwood). Cognate with Middle Low German wermode, wermede (wormwood), German Wermut (wormwood). See vermouth.

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wormwood (plural wormwoods)

  1. (botany) An intensely bitter herb (Artemisia absinthium and similar plants in genus Artemisia) used in the production of absinthe and vermouth, and as a tonic.
    • (Can we date this quote?), William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene iii (the nurse's monologue).
      But as I said, / When it did taste the wormwood on the nipple / Of my dug and felt it bitter, pretty fool, / To see it tetchy and fall out with the dug! /
  2. Anything that causes bitterness or affliction.

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