French absinthe, from Latin absinthium, from Ancient Greek ἀψίνθιον (apsínthion, “wormwood”).
absinthe (countable and uncountable, plural absinthes)
- The herb absinthium Artemisia absinthium (grande wormwood); essence of wormwood. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (figuratively) Bitterness; sorrow. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- A distilled, highly alcoholic, anise-flavored liquor originally made from grande wormwood, anise, and other herbs. [First attested in the mid 19 century.]
- A moderate yellow green; absinthe green. [First attested in the late 19 century.]
- (US) Sagebrush.