a woody-stemmed wormwood, Artemisia abrotanum, of southern Europe, having aromatic, finely dissected leaves.
Origin of southernwood
before 1000; Middle English southernwode, Old English sūtherne wudu.
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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.
Phoebe turned away with a little toss of her head, and he turned, too, breaking a sprig of southernwood.
British Dictionary definitions for southernwood
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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