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From Middle English wormwode, a folk etymology (as if worm + wood) of wermode (wormwood), from Old English wermōd, wormōd (wormwood, absinthe), from Proto-Germanic *wermōdaz (wormwood). Cognate with Middle Low German wermode, wermede (wormwood), German Wermut (wormwood). See vermouth.

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wormwood (countable and uncountable, plural wormwoods)

  1. An intensely bitter herb (Artemisia absinthium and similar plants in genus Artemisia) used in medicine, in the production of absinthe and vermouth, and as a tonic.
    • (Can we date this quote?), William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene iii (the nurse's monologue).
      But as I said, / When it did taste the wormwood on the nipple / Of my dug and felt it bitter, pretty fool, / To see it tetchy and fall out with the dug!
  2. Anything that causes bitterness or affliction.

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