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or ab·sinth

  1. a green, aromatic liqueur that is 68 percent alcohol, is made with wormwood and other herbs, and has a bitter, licorice flavor: now banned in most Western countries.
  2. wormwood(def 2).
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Origin of absinthe

1605–15; < French < Latin absinthium wormwood < Greek apsínthion
Related formsab·sin·thi·al, ab·sin·thi·an, adjective
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  1. a potent green alcoholic drink, technically a gin, originally having high wormwood content
  2. another name for wormwood (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C15: via French and Latin from Greek apsinthion wormwood
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Word Origin and History for absinthe


also absinth, alcoholic liqueur distilled from wine mixed with wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), 1842, from French absinthe, "essence of wormwood," from Latin absinthum "wormwood," from Greek apsinthion, perhaps from Persian (cf. Persian aspand, of the same meaning). The plant so called in English from c.1500 (Old English used the word in the Latin form).

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