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Absinthe

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(Hebrew la'anah .)

Wormwood, known for its repulsive bitterness (Jer., ix, 15; xxiii, 15; Deut., xxix, 18; Lam., iii, 19; Prov., V, 4). Figuratively it stands for a curse or calamity (Lam., iii, 15), or also for injustice (Amos, V, 7; vi, 13). In Apoc., viii, 11, the Greek equivalent ho apsinthos is given as a proper name to the star which fell into the waters and made them bitter. The Vulgate renders the Hebrew expression by absinithium , except in Deut., xxix, 18, where it translates it amaritudo . It seems that the biblical absinthe is identical with the Artemisia monosperma (Delile), or the Artemisia herba-alba (ASSO); or, again, the Artemisia juidaica Linné . (See PLANTS IN BIBLE.)

HAGEN, Lexicon Biblicum (Paris, 1905); VIGOUROUX, in Dict. de la Bible (Paris, 1895); TRISTAM, Natural History of the Bible (London, 1889).

A.J. MAAS

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Obstat, Nihil. Lafort, Remy, Censor. Entry for 'Absinthe'. The Catholic Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/tce/a/absinthe.html. Robert Appleton Company. New York. 1914.

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