A closeup of yellow alyssum.
- any of a genus (Alyssum) of crucifers with white or yellow flowers and grayish leaves
- sweet alyssum
Origin of alyssumModern Latin ; from Classical Greek alysson, madwort ; from alyssos, curing madness ; from a-, without + lyssa, madness, rage; uncertain or unknown; perhaps origin, originally , with shining eyes (see light): compare lynx
- 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.
- Any of various similar plants in the mustard family, especially sweet alyssum.
Origin of alyssumNew 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 w&llowring;kwo- in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek ἄλυσσον (alusson).
New Latin, from Latin, from ălyssŏn (“madwort (Alyssum; Lobularia maritima, sweet alyssum?; Asperugo?”), from Ancient Greek ἄλυσσον (alusson).