- the dried flower heads of any of several species of wormwood, belonging to the genus Artemisia, used as a vermifuge.
Origin of santonica
1650–60; < New Latin < Latin (herba) santonica (herb) of the Santonī a Gaulish tribe of Aquitania
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Examples from the Web for santonica
The vegetation of the plains, inclusive of Santonica, consists generally of three or four small Cruciferæ, Tulipa lutea.
Botanical features continue the same, Santonica being still the prevailing plant.
Santonine, son′to-nin, n. a colourless crystalline poisonous compound contained in Santonica.
- an oriental wormwood plant, Artemisia cina (or maritima)
- the dried flower heads of this plant, formerly used as a vermifuge
Former name (1936–61): wormseed
C17: New Latin, from Late Latin herba santonica herb of the Santones (probably wormwood), from Latin Santonī a people of Aquitania