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southernwood

[suhth -ern-woo d] /ˈsʌð ərnˌwʊd/
noun
1.
a woody-stemmed wormwood, Artemisia abrotanum, of southern Europe, having aromatic, finely dissected leaves.
Also called old man.
Origin of southernwood
1000
before 1000; Middle English southernwode, Old English sūtherne wudu. See southern, wood1
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  • It appeared that southernwood had been Mr. Green's favorite plant from his cradle, as one might say.

    Narcissa, or the Road to Rome Laura E. Richards
  • If there was one thing he did hanker after, it was southernwood; but he couldn't see her grubbin' up things that way.

    Narcissa, or the Road to Rome Laura E. Richards
  • 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.

    Narcissa, or the Road to Rome Laura E. Richards
  • "Yes, that was right," he said absently, and pinched a spray of southernwood that grew beside the door.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Phoebe turned away with a little toss of her head, and he turned, too, breaking a sprig of southernwood.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • The garden was fair in the morning, and there in the road he stood Beyond the crimson daisies and the bush of southernwood.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • southernwood bears a balmier breath than is ever borne by many blossoms, for it is sweet with the fragrance of memory.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • Pliny did not disdain to counsel putting southernwood under the pillow to make one dream of a lover.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • A sprig of southernwood in an unmarried girl's shoe would bring to her the sight of her husband-to-be before night.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • Clothes were stored in a chest, sometimes with sweet-smelling herbs such as lavender, rosemary, and southernwood.

British Dictionary definitions for southernwood

southernwood

/ˈsʌðənˌwʊd/
noun
1.
an aromatic shrubby wormwood, Artemisia abrotanum, of S Europe, having finely dissected leaves and small drooping heads of yellowish flowers Also called old man, lad's love
Word Origin
Old English. See southern, wood
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