Definition of Tansy

1. Noun. Common perennial aromatic herb native to Eurasia having buttonlike yellow flower heads and bitter-tasting pinnate leaves sometimes used medicinally.

Exact synonyms: Golden Buttons, Scented Fern, Tanacetum Vulgare
Generic synonyms: Composite, Composite Plant
Group relationships: Genus Tanacetum, Tanacetum

Definition of Tansy

1. n. Any plant of the composite genus Tanacetum. The common tansy (T. vulgare) has finely divided leaves, a strong aromatic odor, and a very bitter taste. It is used for medicinal and culinary purposes.

Definition of Tansy

1. Noun. A herbaceous plant with yellow flowers, of the genus ''Tanacetum'', especially ''Tanacetum vulgare''. ¹

2. Noun. An egg-based dessert in which tansy is, or used to be, added as herb ¹

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Definition of Tansy

1. a perennial herb [n -SIES]

Medical Definition of Tansy

1. 1. Any plant of the composite genus Tanacetum. The common tansy (T. Vulgare) has finely divided leaves, a strong aromatic odour, and a very bitter taste. It is used for medicinal and culinary purposes. 2. A dish common in the seventeenth century, made of eggs, sugar, rose water, cream, and the juice of herbs, baked with butter in a shallow dish. Double tansy, a plant (Sisymbrium canescens) of the Mustard family, with tansylike leaves. Origin: OE. Tansaye, F. Tanaise; cf. It. & Sp. Tanaceto, NL. Tanacetum, Pg. Atanasia, athanasia, Gr. 'aqanasia immortality, fr. 'aqanatos immortal; 'a priv. + qanatos death. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tansy

tansy (current term)
tansy-leaved rocket
tansy leaf aster
tansy mustard
tansy ragwort
tant mieux
tantalic acid

Literary usage of Tansy

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1. How to Know the Wild Flowers: A Guide to the Names, Haunts, and Habits of by Frances Theodora Parsons (1895)
"Flower-heads.—Yellow ; composed of tiny flowers which are nearly, if not all, tubular in shape ; borne in flat-topped clusters. With the name of tansy we ..."

2. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1876)
"... bearing corymbs of heads of golden yellow flowers, which are nearly all tubular and fertile. A variety called double tansy hus the ..."

3. History of Cultivated Vegetables: Comprising Their Botanical, Medicinal by Henry Phillips (1822)
"The common yellow- blossomed tansy, of which there are three varieties, ... tansy has this peculiar quality, that if any dead animal substance be rubbed ..."

4. A New System of Domestic Cookery: Formed Upon Principles of Economy and by Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell (1824)
"A tansy Pudding. Beat seven eggs, yolks and whites separately; add a pint of cream, near the same of spinach-juice, and a little tansy- ..."

5. A Universal formulary: Containing the Methods of Preparing and Administering by Robert Eglesfeld Griffith (1866)
"R. Fresh tansy, one ounce Boiling water, one pint Infuse, and strain. ... R. tansy, at will. Water, sufficient lo cover. Distil, and separate the oil. ..."

6. Hand-book of Chemistry by Leopold Gmelin, Henry Watts (1860)
"Oil of tansy. FROM HERZ. Mag. Pharm. 8, 35. PERSOZ. Compt. rend. 13, 433; J. p>: Chem. 25, 60; Ann. Pharm. 44, 31. ... In tbe herb and flowers of the tansy, ..."

7. The Western Journal of Medicine and Surgery by Daniel Drake, Lundsford Pitts Yandell (1852)
"A Case of Poisoning with Oil of tansy—Death at the end of three hours and a half-—Quantity of the Drug taken about §j and 3iii. By John C. Dalton, Jr., ..."

8. Materia Medica and Therapeutics for Physicians and Students by John Barclay Biddle, Clement Biddle (1895)
"tansy is the LEAVES and TOPS of Tanacetum vulgare (Nat. ... An unknown but large quantity of tansy- infusion f taken by an adult negress to produce abortion ..."

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