- 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.
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Historical Examples of 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
A peculiar bitter principle, discovered by Vauquelin in the Daphne mezereum or mezereon.
- 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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