tansy

/tan"zee/, n., pl. tansies.
any of several composite plants of the genus Tanacetum, esp. a strong-scented, weedy, Old World herb, T. vulgare, having flat-topped clusters of tubular yellow flowers.
[1225-75; ME < OF tanesie, aph. var. of atanesie < ML athanasia < Gk athanasía immortality, equiv. to a- A-6 + thánat(os) death (see THANATOS) + -ia -Y3, with ti < si]

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Any of about 50 species of strong-smelling, poisonous herbs, especially common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare, or Chrysanthemum vulgare), of the composite family, native to the northern temperate zone.

T. vulgare has button-shaped yellow flower heads of disk flowers (no ray flowers) that are arranged in a flat-topped cluster, deeply cut leaves, and many stems. It is sometimes cultivated in herb gardens and was formerly used in medicines and insecticides. See also chrysanthemum.

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plant
 one of about 150 species of strong-smelling, poisonous herbs of the genus Tanacetum (family Asteraceae), native to the North Temperate Zone. It has button-shaped yellow flower heads of disk flowers (no ray flowers) that are arranged in a flat-topped cluster; alternate, deeply cut leaves; and many stems.

      Tansy is sometimes cultivated in herb gardens and was formerly used in medicines and insecticides. Common tansy (T. vulgare) is sometimes known as golden-buttons.

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  • Tansy — Tan sy, n. [OE. tansaye, F. tanaise; cf. It. & Sp. tanaceto, NL. tanacetum, Pg. atanasia, athanasia, Gr. aqanasi a immortality, fr. aqa natos immortal; a priv. + qa natos death.] 1. (Bot.) Any plant of the composite genus {Tanacetum}. The common… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tansy — f English: a flower name, derived from Greek athanasia immortal. It has enjoyed some popularity as a given name in the 20th century …   First names dictionary

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