[ suhth-ern-woo d ]
/ ˈsʌð ərnˌwʊd /


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. See southern, wood1
Also called old man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for southernwood

/ (ˈsʌðənˌwʊd) /


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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