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aubrietia

[aw-bree-shuh, -shee-uh, oh-bree-]
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noun
  1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Aubrietia, of the mustard family, forming dense mats and having numerous small, purplish flowers.
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Origin of aubrietia

1763; < New Latin, named after Claude Aubriet (1651–1743), French painter of plants and animals; see -a2
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Historical Examples

  • This special service ship, the Aubrietia, was hardly a member of the protective escort.

    The Victory At Sea

    William Sowden Sims

  • The Aubrietia had already given warning of the danger referred to in the last words of this final message.

    The Victory At Sea

    William Sowden Sims

  • Free–growing spring–flowers like Aubrietia, Alyssum, and Iberis, may be multiplied to any extent by division or cuttings.

    The Wild Garden

    William Robinson

  • Arabis alpina ; Aubrietia purpurea ; Alyssum saxatile : all three very easy to grow, and very common.


British Dictionary definitions for aubrietia

aubrietia

aubrieta or aubretia

noun
  1. any trailing purple-flowered plant of the genus Aubrieta, native to European mountains but widely planted in rock gardens: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, named after Claude Aubriet, 18th-century French painter of flowers and animals
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