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a·lys·sum

 (ə-lĭs′əm)
n.
1. Any of various chiefly Mediterranean weeds or ornamentals of the genus Alyssum in the mustard family, having racemes of white or yellow flowers. Also called madwort.
2. Any of various similar plants in the mustard family, especially sweet alyssum.

[New Latin Alyssum, genus name, from Latin alysson, kind of madder, from Greek alusson, a plant believed to cure rabies : a-, not; see a-1 + lussa, rabies; see wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots.]

alyssum

(ˈælɪsəm)
n
(Plants) any widely cultivated herbaceous garden plant of the genus Alyssum, having clusters of small yellow or white flowers: family Brassicaceae (crucifers). See also sweet alyssum, alison
[C16: from New Latin, from Greek alusson, from alussos (adj) curing rabies, referring to the ancient belief in the plant's healing properties]

a•lys•sum

(əˈlɪs əm)

n.
1. any of various plants of the mustard family, having gray leaves and clusters of small yellow or white flowers.
[1545–55; < New Latin; Latin alysson < Greek, neuter of ályssos curing (canine) madness, derivative of a- a-6lýssa madness]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alyssum - any garden plant of the genus Alyssum having clusters of small yellow or white flowersalyssum - any garden plant of the genus Alyssum having clusters of small yellow or white flowers
crucifer, cruciferous plant - any of various plants of the family Cruciferae
genus Alyssum, Alyssum - a genus of the family Cruciferae
2.Alyssum - a genus of the family Cruciferae
dilleniid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous trees and shrubs and herbs
Brassicaceae, Cruciferae, family Brassicaceae, family Cruciferae, mustard family - a large family of plants with four-petaled flowers; includes mustards, cabbages, broccoli, turnips, cresses, and their many relatives
alyssum, madwort - any garden plant of the genus Alyssum having clusters of small yellow or white flowers
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