Definition of mesembryanthemum in English:

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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.
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'.

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Syllabification: me·sem·bry·an·the·mum

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