absinthe

See also: absînthe, Absinthe, and absinthé

EnglishEdit

 
Glasses of absinthe (3) with slotted spoons and sugar cubes.

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

French absinthe, from Latin absinthium, from Ancient Greek ἀψίνθιον (apsínthion, wormwood). Doublet of absinthium.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈæb.sɪnθ/, /ˈæb.sænθ/
  • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæb.sɪnθ/, /ˈæb.sæ̃θ/[1]

NounEdit

absinthe (countable and uncountable, plural absinthes)

  1. The herb absinthium Artemisia absinthium (grande wormwood); essence of wormwood. [from 1350–1470][2]
  2. (figuratively) Bitterness; sorrow.[2] [from 1350–1470][2]
  3. A distilled, highly alcoholic, anise-flavored liquor originally made from grande wormwood, anise, and other herbs. [from mid 19th c.][2]
    Synonym: (colloquial) green fairy
    • 2010, Paul Owens; Paul Nathan, The Little Green Book of Absinthe[1], Penguin, →ISBN:
      Absinthe ads like to trade on artists like Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, as if the history of the green fairy began in the Pigalle neighborhood of 1870s Paris, but wormwood-infused drinks have been around for thousands of years.
  4. (color) A moderate yellow green. [from late 19th c.][2]
    absinthe green:  
    Synonym: absinthe green
  5. (US) Sagebrush.

Usage notesEdit

  • (wormwood): Absinth is the preferred spelling of this sense only.[2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/absinthe
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002) , “absinthe”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 9

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FrenchEdit

 
absinthe

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin absinthium.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

absinthe f (plural absinthes)

  1. wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
  2. absinthe
    Synonym: fée verte

DescendantsEdit

  • Catalan: absenta
  • English: absinthe
  • Norwegian Bokmål: absint
  • Portuguese: absinto

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