[ muh-zeer-ee-uhm ]
/ məˈzɪər i əm /
a shrub, Daphne mezereum, native to Eurasia, having clusters of fragrant purplish flowers.
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Also me·ze·re·on [muh-zeer-ee-on]. /məˈzɪər iˌɒn/.
Also called daphne.
Origin of mezereum
1470–80; (<New Latin ) <Medieval Latin mezereon<Arabic māzaryūn<Persian
Words nearby mezereum
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Example sentences from the Web for mezereum
Daphne mezereum, the mezereon—in Selborne Hanger among the shrubs, at the south-east end above the cottages.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2|Gilbert White
A peculiar bitter principle, discovered by Vauquelin in the Daphne mezereum or mezereon.
British Dictionary definitions for mezereum
/ (mɪˈzɪərɪəm) /
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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