[ ar-uh-bis ]
/ ˈær ə bɪs /


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

Definition for arabises (2 of 2)


[ ar-uh-bahyz ]
/ ˈær əˌbaɪz /

verb (used with or without object), Ar·ab·ized, Ar·ab·iz·ing.

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

First recorded in 1880–85; Arab + -ize

Related forms

Ar·ab·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arabises

  • With them may be associated Cardamine trifolia and Thlaspi latifolium, which resemble the Arabises in habit and flowers.

    The Wild Garden|William Robinson

British Dictionary definitions for arabises


/ (ˈærəbɪs) /


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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