Definition of mesembryanthemum in English:


Syllabification: me·sem·bry·an·the·mum
Pronunciation: /məˌzembrēˈanTHəməm


  • A fleshy succulent plant of the carpetweed family, often with showy flowers. Several varieties are grown as ornamentals.
    • Mesembryanthemum and related genera (especially Carpobrotus), family Aizoaceae
    More example sentences
    • For ease of maintenance mesembryanthemums can't be beaten because they come in bright colours and require little water and develop into soft billows.
    • Out near the lighthouse at Cabo Sardão the cliffs were smothered in mesembryanthemum, sherbet-yellow flowers in tangles of fleshy leaves.
    • ‘When he examined it more closely he found it was not a daisy but a drosanthemum, which is a member of the mesembryanthemum family,’ Rabie said.


modern Latin, based on Greek mesēmbria 'noon' + anthemon 'flower'.

More definitions of mesembryanthemum

Definition of mesembryanthemum in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
a slit made by cutting with a saw