Meaning of wormwood

worm•wood

Pronunciation: (wûrm'wood"), [key]
— n.
  1. any composite herb or low shrub of the genus Artemisia.
  2. a bitter, aromatic plant, A. absinthium, of the Old World, used as a vermifuge and a tonic, and as an ingredient in absinthe.
  3. something bitter, grievous, or extremely unpleasant.
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