One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant whose seeds have the property of destroying parasitic worms.
(also 'Levant wormseed') santonica
(also 'American wormseed') an American plant of the goosefoot family (Chenopodium ambrosioides, family Chenopodiaceae)
- ‘Most of the wormseed of commerce comes from the steppes of the northern portion of Turkestan whence it finds its way to Moscow and Western Europe.’
- ‘Other artemisias, some American, are also called wormwood; still others include southernwood, tarragon, silver king Artemisia, old woman, or dusty miller, Roman wormwood, sagebrush, and the Levant wormseed, which yields santonin.’
- ‘This plant is closely related to the parent plant of American wormseed oil.’
- ‘One of the farmers in southern Carroll County who raised wormseed was Larry Haines, now a state senator.’
- ‘He says that the impression that wormseed oil is produced from a wild herb of that name is misleading.’
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