What does the word wormwood mean?

Usage examples for wormwood

  1. I will never be false to their friendship; no, not if to serve them my heart's blood must become wormwood and gall." – Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch
  2. At the same time that General Herkimer had set out to find Brant, Colonel Van Schaick, with one hundred and fifty men, went to Cherry Valley, even as poor Lieutenant Wormwood had announced, and the remainder of the American force in the vicinity was encamped at the proposed rendezvous lest the treacherous chief accept the invitation simply in order to work mischief. – The Minute Boys of the Mohawk Valley by James Otis
  3. These only, Lord, know the wormwood and the gall. – French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France by Marie de France