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absinthe

or ab·sinth

[ ab-sinth ]

noun

  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.


absinthe

/ ˈæbsɪnθ /

noun

  1. a potent green alcoholic drink, technically a gin, originally having high wormwood content
  2. another name for wormwood


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Other Words From

  • ab·sinthi·al ab·sinthi·an adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of absinthe1

1605–15; < French < Latin absinthium wormwood < Greek apsínthion

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Word History and Origins

Origin of absinthe1

C15: via French and Latin from Greek apsinthion wormwood

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Example Sentences

In 2020, the couple opened an absinthe distillery, appropriately called Devil’s Botany, producing traditional absinthes with the mission of educating drinkers about the fabled liquor.

Absinthe now outsells gin at their bar, and they’re working to get their bottles into more London bars.

Crawbuck and Everett’s research into cocktail history led to a fascination with absinthe, which has “been praised for its magical properties, as far back as ancient Egypt,” they write.

And the Absinthe House has a full list: Other famous imbibers include P.T. Barnum, Oscar Wilde, and General Robert E. Lee.

I ask Cuco how The Verne Club gets illegal, over-proof alcohol like absinthe through the fine-toothed comb of Argentine customs.

They also brought labor unions, anarchism, socialism, and, of course, absinthe.

Because of the ban, bars that served absinthe grew increasingly paranoid.

There is something about being in Captain Nemo's Nautilus that makes the absinthe taste even better.

Lachaume, the painter, and I were chatting at one of its little tables, he over an absinthe and I over a coffee and cognac.

He was seated at a table, on which stood a carafe of water, a bowl of sugar, and a glass of absinthe.

Dick thought it remarkable that a painter should choose to work over an absinthe in a public café, and looked the man over.

Vermouth and absinthe had been served to whet their appetites, and every one had been at once put into good spirits.

Absinth, Absinthe, ab′sinth, n. spirit combined with extract of wormwood.

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