Use the noun wormwood to describe a strong-smelling, shrubby plant of the genus Artemisia.

The form of this word that designates an aromatic shrub is probably influenced by folk etymology, since neither worms nor wood have much to do with the plant: in Old English it is wermod. Among other uses, it is the primary flavoring in the absinthe, and sometimes in vermouth: a word with a similar sound and a common ancestor.

Definitions of wormwood

n any of several low composite herbs of the genera Artemisia or Seriphidium

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any of several weedy composite plants of the genus Artemisia
Artemisia abrotanum, southernwood
shrubby European wormwood naturalized in North America; sometimes used in brewing beer
Artemisia absinthium, absinthe, common wormwood, lad's love, old man
aromatic herb of temperate Eurasia and North Africa having a bitter taste used in making the liqueur absinthe
Artemisia annua, sweet wormwood
wormwood of southeastern Europe to Iran
Artemisia campestris, field wormwood
European wormwood similar to common wormwood in its properties
Artemisia frigida, prairie sagewort, wormwood sage
silky-leaved aromatic perennial of dry northern parts of the northern hemisphere; has tawny florets
Artemis pontica, Roman wormwood
European wormwood; minor source of absinthe
Artemisia stelleriana, beach wormwood, dusty miller, old woman
herb with greyish leaves found along the east coast of North America; used as an ornamental plant
Artemisia maritima, Seriphidium maritimum, sea wormwood
plants of western and northern European coasts
Artemisia gnaphalodes, Artemisia ludoviciana, cudweed, prairie sage, western mugwort, white sage
perennial cottony-white herb of southwestern United States
Artemisia vulgaris, common mugwort
European tufted aromatic perennial herb having hairy red or purple stems and dark green leaves downy white below and red-brown florets
Type of:
subshrub, suffrutex
low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base

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