[suhth-ern-woo d]

Origin of southernwood

before 1000; Middle English southernwode, Old English sūtherne wudu. See southern, wood1
Also called old man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for southernwood

Historical Examples of southernwood

  • It appeared that southernwood had been Mr. Green's favorite plant from his cradle, as one might say.

  • If there was one thing he did hanker after, it was southernwood; but he couldn't see her grubbin' up things that way.

  • 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.

  • "Yes, that was right," he said absently, and pinched a spray of southernwood that grew beside the door.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Phoebe turned away with a little toss of her head, and he turned, too, breaking a sprig of southernwood.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for southernwood


  1. an aromatic shrubby wormwood, Artemisia abrotanum, of S Europe, having finely dissected leaves and small drooping heads of yellowish flowersAlso called: old man, lad's love

Word Origin for southernwood

Old English. See southern, wood
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