- any of various plants belonging to the genus Alyssum, of the mustard family, having clusters of small yellow or white flowers.
- any of several related plants of the genus Aurinia, as A. saxatilis, a widely cultivated species with yellow flowers.
- sweet alyssum.
Origin of alyssum
Examples from the Web for alyssum
And yours, Alyssum, the one we call Pepper-grass, because he is so fiery?'A Little Garden Calendar for Boys and Girls
Albert Bigelow Paine
The alyssum and candytuft came out, and the house was sweet with tuberoses.The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Amanda Minnie Douglas
Well, I would get in my sweet peas and risk my pansies and alyssum, anyhow.The Jonathan Papers
Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
Alyssum, white, dwarf for borders; six inches; blooms all summer if not allowed to go to seed.A Woman's Hardy Garden
Helena Rutherfurd Ely
Free–growing spring–flowers like Aubrietia, Alyssum, and Iberis, may be multiplied to any extent by division or cuttings.The Wild Garden
Word Origin and History for alyssum
genus name for plants of the mustard family, 1550s, from Latin alysson, from Greek alysson, which is perhaps the neuter of adjective alyssos "curing madness," from privative prefix a- + lyssa "madness, rage, fury."