Alyssum meaning

ə-lĭsəm
Any of various chiefly Mediterranean weeds or ornamentals of the genus Alyssum in the mustard family, having racemes of white or yellow flowers.
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Any of various similar plants in the mustard family, especially sweet alyssum.
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Any of a genus (Alyssum) of crucifers with white or yellow flowers and grayish leaves.
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Any of several plants, of the genus Alyssum, mostly of Eurasian origin, that have racemes of white or yellow flowers.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Brassicaceae — flowering herbs, native to western Eurasia and North Africa, formerly including the members of Lobularia and Aurinia.
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Origin of alyssum

  • New Latin Alyssum genus name from Latin alysson kind of madder from Greek alusson a plant believed to cure rabies a- not a–1 lussa rabies wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • New Latin, from Latin, from ălyssŏn (“madwort (Alyssum; Lobularia maritima, sweet alyssum?; Asperugo?”), from Ancient Greek ἄλυσσον (alusson).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Ancient Greek ἄλυσσον (alusson).

    From Wiktionary