- any plant of the genus Arabis, including the rock cresses.
Origin of arabis
1570–80; < New Latin < Greek árabis (stem arabid-) Arabian mustard (derivative with arab-, as in Arabía Arabia, Áraps Arab, etc.); probably applied to the plant because it grows in rocky or sandy soil
- to place or come under Arab influence or domination: Middle Eastern countries began to Arabize their oil industries.
Also especially British, Ar·ab·ise.
Origin of Arabize
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With them may be associated Cardamine trifolia and Thlaspi latifolium, which resemble the Arabises in habit and flowers.The Wild Garden
- any plant of the annual or perennial genus Arabis, some of which form low-growing mats with downy grey foliage and white flowers: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)Also called: rock cress
Word Origin for arabis
New Latin, from Greek arabis (fem) of Arabia
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