a shrub, Daphne mezereum, native to Eurasia, having clusters of fragrant purplish flowers.
Also me·ze·re·on [muh-zeer-ee-on] /məˈzɪər iˌɒn/
Origin of mezereum
1470–80; (< New Latin) < Medieval Latin mezereon < Arabic māzaryūn < Persian
Also called daphne.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for mezereon
Historical Examples of mezereon
Daphne mezereum, the mezereon—in Selborne Hanger among the shrubs, at the south-east end above the cottages.
Both are powerfully acrid, but the latter is less so than the bark of mezereon.
A peculiar bitter principle, discovered by Vauquelin in the Daphne mezereum or mezereon.
Both the alcoholic and ethereal extract of mezereon must be kept in stoppered bottles.
The principles of Capsicum and Mezereon are very similar in their chemical nature to the true resins.
British Dictionary definitions for mezereon
a Eurasian thymelaeaceous shrub, Daphne mezereum, with fragrant early-blooming purplish-pink flowers and small scarlet fruits
Word Origin for mezereon
C15: via Medieval Latin from Arabic māzaryūn
the dried bark of certain shrubs of the genus Daphne, esp mezereon, formerly used as a vesicant and to treat arthritis
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