[aw-bree-shuh, -shee-uh, oh-bree-]


any of several plants belonging to the genus Aubrietia, of the mustard family, forming dense mats and having numerous small, purplish flowers.

Nearby words

  1. auberge,
  2. aubergine,
  3. aubervilliers,
  4. aubrey,
  5. aubrey, john,
  6. auburn,
  7. aubusson,
  8. auc,
  9. auch,
  10. auckland

Origin of aubrietia

1763; < New Latin, named after Claude Aubriet (1651–1743), French painter of plants and animals; see -a2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aubrietia

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

    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


aubrieta or aubretia


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

Word Origin for aubrietia

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

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