absinthe or ab·sinth [ ab-sinth] Word Origin See more synonyms for absinthe on Thesaurus.com 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. wormwood. (def 2) Origin of absinthe 1605–15; < French < Latin absinthium wormwood < Greek apsínthion Related forms ab·sin·thi·al, ab·sin·thi·an, adjective
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vinegary British Dictionary definitions for absinthian a potent green alcoholic drink, technically a gin, originally having high wormwood content another name for wormwood (def. 1) Word Origin for absinthe
C15: via French and Latin from Greek
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Word Origin and History for absinthian absinthe n.
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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