[suhth -ern-woo d]
- a woody-stemmed wormwood, Artemisia abrotanum, of southern Europe, having aromatic, finely dissected leaves.
Origin of southernwood
Also called old man.
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If there was one thing he did hanker after, it was southernwood; but he couldn't see her grubbin' up things that way.
It appeared that southernwood had been Mr. Green's favorite plant from his cradle, as one might say.
He could have a piece off the root, just as well as not; only she didn't s'pose he cared for such common doin's as southernwood.
"Yes, that was right," he said absently, and pinched a spray of southernwood that grew beside the door.
Phoebe turned away with a little toss of her head, and he turned, too, breaking a sprig of southernwood.
- an aromatic shrubby wormwood, Artemisia abrotanum, of S Europe, having finely dissected leaves and small drooping heads of yellowish flowersAlso called: old man, lad's love
Old English. See southern, wood
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