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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wormwood  \Worm"wood\,  n.  [AS.  werm?d,  akin  to  OHG.  wermuota 
  wormuota  G.  wermuth,  wermut  of  uncertain  origin.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  composite  plant  ({Artemisia  Absinthium}),  having 
  a  bitter  and  slightly  aromatic  taste,  formerly  used  as  a 
  tonic  and  a  vermifuge,  and  to  protect  woolen  garments  from 
  moths.  It  gives  the  peculiar  flavor  to  the  cordial  called 
  absinthe.  The  volatile  oil  is  a  narcotic  poison.  The  term 
  is  often  extended  to  other  species  of  the  same  genus. 
  2.  Anything  very  bitter  or  grievous;  bitterness. 
  Lest  there  should  be  among  you  a  root  that  beareth 
  gall  and  wormwood.  --Deut.  xxix. 
  {Roman  wormwood}  (Bot.),  an  American  weed  ({Ambrosia 
  artemisi[ae]folia});  hogweed. 
  {Tree  wormwood}  (Bot.),  a  species  of  Artemisia  (probably 
  {Artemisia  variabilis})  with  woody  stems. 
  {Wormwood  hare}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  variety  of  the  common  hare 
  ({Lepus  timidus});  --  so  named  from  its  color. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  any  of  several  low  composite  herbs  of  the  genera  Artemisia 
  or  Seriphidium 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  Heb.  la'anah,  the  Artemisia  absinthium  of  botanists.  It  is  noted 
  for  its  intense  bitterness  (Deut.  29:18;  Prov.  5:4;  Jer.  9:15; 
  Amos  5:7).  It  is  a  type  of  bitterness,  affliction,  remorse, 
  punitive  suffering.  In  Amos  6:12  this  Hebrew  word  is  rendered 
  hemlock"  (R.V.,  "wormwood").  In  the  symbolical  language  of  the 
  Apocalypse  (Rev.  8:10,  11)  a  star  is  represented  as  falling  on 
  the  waters  of  the  earth,  causing  the  third  part  of  the  water  to 
  turn  wormwood. 
  The  name  by  which  the  Greeks  designated  it  absinthion,  means 
  "undrinkable."  The  absinthe  of  France  is  distilled  from  a 
  species  of  this  plant.  The  southernwood"  or  "old  man," 
  cultivated  in  cottage  gardens  on  account  of  its  fragrance,  is 
  another  species  of  it 

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