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tansy

[ tan-zee ]
/ ˈtæn zi /
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noun, plural tan·sies.

any of several composite plants of the genus Tanacetum, especially a strong-scented, weedy, Old World herb, T. vulgare, having flat-topped clusters of tubular yellow flowers.

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Origin of tansy

1225–75; Middle English <Old French tanesie, aphetic variant of atanesie<Medieval Latin athanasia<Greek athanasía immortality, equivalent to a-a-6 + thánat(os) death (see Thanatos) + -ia-y3, with ti<si
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British Dictionary definitions for tansy

tansy
/ (ˈtænzɪ) /

noun plural -sies

any of numerous plants of the genus Tanacetum, esp T. vulgare, having yellow flowers in flat-topped clusters and formerly used in medicine and for seasoning: family Asteraceae (composites)
any of various similar plants

Word Origin for tansy

C15: from Old French tanesie, from Medieval Latin athanasia tansy (with reference to its alleged power to prolong life), from Greek: immortality
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