noun, plural tan·sies.
Examples from the Web for tansy
Plants of pinnated leaves, as the Tansy, are more sensible than these to the effects of light.
And then to go to the minister's and feast on bread, cheese and ale, on bacon and tansy pudding.Letters of Peregrine Pickle|George P. Upton
The oil of tansy has a specific gravity of 0·946, the penetrating odour of the tanacetum vulgare, with an acrid and bitter taste.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
Yessum, dey had a doctor sometime, but de most dey done wuz give 'em hoarhound, yellow root and tansy.
Tansy was highly esteemed in England as a medicine, a cosmetic, and a flavoring and ingredient in cooking.Old-Time Gardens|Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for tansy
noun plural -sies
Word Origin for tansy
Word Origin and History for tansy
(Tanacetum vulgare), mid-13c., from Old French tanesie (13c.), from Gallo-Romance *tanaceta, from Late Latin tanacetum "wormwood," from shortened form of Greek athanasia "immortality," so called probably for its persistence. English folklore associates it with pregnancy, either as an aid to contraception or to provoke miscarriage.