[ tan-zee ]

noun,plural tan·sies.
  1. 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.

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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/ (ˈtænzɪ) /

nounplural -sies
  1. 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)

  2. any of various similar plants

Origin of 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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