Definition of alyssum in English:


Syllabification: a·lys·sum
Pronunciation: /əˈlisəm

noun (plural alyssums)

  • A herbaceous Eurasian plant that bears small flowers in a range of colors, typically white or yellow. Several kinds are widely cultivated in gardens.
    • Genera Alyssum and Lobularia, family Brassicaceae: many species, including sweet alyssum (L. maritima), with fragrant white flowers
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    • 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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