Origin of wormwood
Examples from the Web for wormwood
Strong fennel and wormwood hit the back of my tongue along with a dryness from the barrel and hints of citrus from the chamomile.
But voters are more likely to go for Gabriel Ebert, who plays Mr. Wormwood in Matilda the Musical with bitter fun.
Like, Mrs. Wormwood very much wants to be the center of attention.‘Matilda’ Star Mara Wilson Reviews ‘Matilda the Musical’|Ramin Setoodeh|April 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The star called "Wormwood and gall" is fallen into the fountains and rivers, and hath made them bitter.Letters of Samuel Rutherford|Samuel Rutherford
Its naturally rich fields were grown up to scrub pines, mugworts and wormwood.Three Years in the Sixth Corps|George T. Stevens
It had been gall and wormwood for him when Fred had made the touchdown.The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall|Spencer Davenport
He had to live on her money, which galled him, and to be assisted by the Dean's money, which was wormwood to him.Is He Popenjoy?|Anthony Trollope
It must not be inferred that Harrison was embittered by the wormwood of failure.The Law of Hemlock Mountain|Hugh Lundsford
Word Origin for wormwood
c.1400, folk etymology of Old English wermod "wormwood," related to vermouth, but the ultimate etymology is unknown. Cf. Old Saxon wermoda, Dutch wermoet, Old High German werimuota, German Wermut. Weekley suggests wer "man" + mod "courage," from its early use as an aphrodisiac. Figurative use, however, is usually in reference to its bitter aftertaste. Perhaps because of the folk etymology, it formerly was used to protect clothes and bedding from moths and fleas. "A medecyne for an hawke that hath mites. Take the Iuce of wormewode and put it ther thay be and thei shall dye." ["Book of St. Albans," 1486]