Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[suhth -ern-woo d] /ˈsʌð ərnˌwʊd/
a woody-stemmed wormwood, Artemisia abrotanum, of southern Europe, having aromatic, finely dissected leaves.
Also called old man.
Origin of southernwood
before 1000; Middle English southernwode, Old English sūtherne wudu. See southern, wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for southernwood
Historical Examples
  • The southernwood had strong medicinal qualities, and was used to cure "vanityes of the head."

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Phoebe turned away with a little toss of her head, and he turned, too, breaking a sprig of southernwood.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Erba Bianca is a plant like southernwood, presenting a curious hoar-frosted appearance as its leaves are stirred by the wind.

  • 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
  • John Trueman's cottage was a neat little place, standing in a garden, adorned with pinks and rosemary and southernwood.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • 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


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for southernwood

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for southernwood

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for southernwood