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alyssum

[ uh-lis-uhm ]
/ əˈlɪs əm /
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noun

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.

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Origin of alyssum

1545–55; <New Latin; Latin alysson<Greek, neuter of ályssos curing (canine) madness, equivalent to a-a-6 + lýss(a) madness + -os adj. suffix
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alyssum
/ (ˈælɪsəm) /

noun

any widely cultivated herbaceous garden plant of the genus Alyssum, having clusters of small yellow or white flowers: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)See also sweet alyssum, alison

Word Origin for alyssum

C16: from New Latin, from Greek alusson, from alussos (adj) curing rabies, referring to the ancient belief in the plant's healing properties
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