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 for Roman wormwood
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wormwood \Worm"wood\, n. [AS. werm?d, akin to OHG. wermuota,
     wormuota, G. wermuth, wermut; of uncertain origin.]
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     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.
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     2. Anything very bitter or grievous; bitterness.
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              Lest there should be among you a root that beareth
              gall and wormwood.                    --Deut. xxix.
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     Roman wormwood (Bot.), an American weed ({Ambrosia
        artemisiaefolia); hogweed.
     Tree wormwood (Bot.), a species of Artemisia (probably
        Artemisia variabilis) with woody stems.
     Wormwood hare (Zool.), a variety of the common hare ({Lepus
        timidus); -- so named from its color.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Roman wormwood
      n 1: European wormwood; minor source of absinthe [syn: Roman
           wormwood, Artemis pontica]
      2: glaucous herb of northeastern United States and Canada having
         loose racemes of yellow-tipped pink flowers; sometimes placed
         in genus Fumaria [syn: Roman wormwood, rock harlequin,
         Corydalis sempervirens, Fumaria sempervirens]

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