Definition of alyssum in English:


Line breaks: alys|sum
Pronunciation: /ˈalɪs(ə)m
, əˈlɪs(ə)m

noun (plural alyssums)

A herbaceous Eurasian plant which typically bears small white or yellow flowers. Some kinds are cultivated in gardens.
  • Genera Alyssum and Lobularia, family Cruciferae: many species
More example sentences
  • We planted blue and white alyssums around her alder trees, and pink begonias around her house and gate.
  • Reserve some space for colorful annuals like zinnia, marigold, calendula, alyssum, and cosmos.
  • The most commonly planted rockery flowers are aubretia and alyssum.


mid 16th century (used loosely to denote various medicinal herbs): modern Latin, from Latin alysson, from Greek alusson, from a- 'without' + lussa 'rabies' (referring to early herbalist use).

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