In the Cambridgeshire fens people held two oddly contradictory beliefs about the medical effects of this plant. Couples anxious to have children ate tansy leaves as a salad, on the theory that rabbits like the plant and are notorious breeders; but also, women wanting to end a pregnancy chewed tansy leaves to provoke miscarriage (Porter, 1969: 10).
   In northern counties, it is regularly mentioned as an ingredient in cakes and puddings, especially at *Easter in remembrance of the 'bitter herbs' of the Passover, and an infusion of tansy could be drunk as tea. There are numerous references to tansy cakes in the OED, dating back to the 15th century.

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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

  • tansy — (n.) (Tanacetum vulgare), mid 13c., from O.Fr. tanesie (13c.), from Gallo Romance *tanaceta, from L.L. tanacetum wormwood, from aphetic form of Gk. athanasia immortality, so called probably for its persistence. English folklore associates it with …   Etymology dictionary

  • tansy — [tan′zē] n. pl. tansies [ME < OFr tanesie < VL * tanaceta < LL tanacetum < ?] any of a genus (Tanacetum) of plants of the composite family; esp., a poisonous weed ( T. vulgare) with strong smelling foliage and flat topped clusters of… …   English World dictionary

  • Tansy — Not be confused with tansy ragwort or tansy mustard. For the 1921 British film, see Tansy (film). Tansy Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   Universalium

  • tansy — noun /ˈtanzi,ˈtæn.zi/ A herbaceous plant with yellow flowers, of the genus Tanacetum, especially Tanacetum vulgare. The sunny afternoon was there, like another land. By the path grew tansy and little trees …   Wiktionary

  • tansy — paprastoji bitkrėslė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių šeimos dekoratyvinis prieskoninis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Tanacetum vulgare), paplitęs Europoje ir Azijoje. Naudojamas maisto priedams (kvėpikliams) gaminti. atitikmenys:… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • tansy — skaistenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių (Asteraceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Tanacetum). atitikmenys: lot. Tanacetum angl. tansy vok. Rainfarn rus. пижма; ромашник lenk. wrotycz …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • tansy — noun (plural tansies) Etymology: Middle English tansey, from Anglo French tanesie, from Late Latin tanacita Date: 13th century a common Old World composite herb (Tanacetum vulgare) that is naturalized in North America and has bitter tasting… …   New Collegiate Dictionary