Definition of santonica in US English:

santonica

noun

  • The dried flower heads of a wormwood plant, containing the drug santonin.

    The plant is Artemisia cina (family Compositae) of Turkestan

    • ‘If the drug is pure, the liquid will acquire a pronounced red color; if falsified, the color will be yellow; and if no santonica be present, the liquid will be colored but faintly, if at all.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin Santonica (herba) ‘(plant) of the Santoni’, referring to a tribe of Aquitania (now Aquitaine).

Pronunciation

santonica

/sanˈtänəkə//sænˈtɑnəkə/