[muh-zem-bree-an-thuh-muh m]


any of various chiefly Old World plants of the genus Mesembryanthemum, having thick, fleshy leaves and often showy flowers.

Origin of mesembryanthemum

< New Latin (Linnaeus), irregular < Greek mesēmbrí(a) midday + ánthemon flower Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of mesembryanthemum

  • The principal genus in this order is that of Mesembryanthemum, the Fig-marigold.

  • In this way came sea lavender in full bloom, crimson monkey plant from the London window box, and cuttings of mesembryanthemum.

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    Juliana Horatia Ewing

  • In Delile's Flora gyptiaca, the name of ghsool is given to the mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, class icosandria, order pentagynia.

  • The walls are beautiful with their fringe of mesembryanthemum—'Miss Emily Anthem' as the servants call it.

  • Many species of Mesembryanthemum are cultivated in our gardens, mostly as border-plants.

British Dictionary definitions for mesembryanthemum



any plant of a South African genus (Mesembryanthemum) of succulent-leaved prostrate or erect plants widely grown in gardens and greenhouses: family AizoaceaeSee fig marigold, ice plant, Livingstone daisy

Word Origin for mesembryanthemum

C18: New Latin, from Greek mesēmbria noon + anthemon flower
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