Definition of aubrietia in English:

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aubrietia

Pronunciation: /ôˈbrēSH(ē)ə/
(also aubretia)

noun

A dwarf evergreen Eurasian trailing plant with dense masses of foliage and purple, pink, or white flowers. It is widely cultivated in rock gardens and on banks.
  • Aubrieta deltoidea, family Brassicaceae.
Example sentences
  • The most commonly planted rockery flowers are aubretia and alyssum.
  • Clip back aubretias, arabis and perennial candytufts when they have finished flowering.
  • Creeping phlox, thyme and aubrietia grow between terrace stones, in typical English fashion, next to a creeping bent lawn.

Usage

Aubretia is named after French botanist Claude Aubriet, and the original spelling was aubrieta, which is the plant’s genus name. In nontechnical use, however, the forms aubrietia and aubretia are now more usual.

Origin

Early 19th century: modern Latin, named after Claude Aubriet (1668–1743), French botanist.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: au·brie·tia

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