One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The plant absinth; (also) the dried leaves and flowering tops of the plant, especially as an ingredient of drinks and herbal remedies. Formerly also †figurative.
Old English; earliest use found in Pseudo-Apuleius' Herbarium. From classical Latin absinthium, apsinthium wormwood, infusion or tincture of wormwood from ancient Greek ἀψίνθιον wormwood from Hellenistic Greek ἄψινθος wormwood (although this is apparently first attested later), of uncertain origin + -ιον, suffix forming nouns.
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