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ab·sinthe

(ab'sinth),
A liquor consisting of 60-75% ethanol flavored with absinthium, anise, fennel, and other herbs, long banned in the U.S. and some other countries because of its toxic effects and addictiveness. The active principle is thujone (q.v.).
A distilled, anise-flavoured, highly alcoholic (45%–74%) spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium, commonly referred to as 'absinthe'

ab·sinthe

(ab'sinth)
1. A woody European herb (Artemisia absinthium) formerly used as a flavoring agent, tonic, and vermifuge. The active principle is thujone (q.v.).
2. A liquor consisting of 60-75% ethanol flavored with absinthium, anise, fennel, and other herbs, long banned in the U.S. and some other countries because of its toxic effects and addictiveness.
Synonym(s): wormwood.

absinthe

, absinth (ab′sinth) [L. fr. Gr apsinthion, wormwood]
A liquor containing oil of wormwood, anise, and other herbs. It is highly toxic, esp. to the nervous system.
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