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[see-duh m]
  1. any fleshy plant belonging to the genus Sedum, of the stonecrop family, usually having small, overlapping leaves and yellow, white, or pink flowers.
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Origin of sedum

1400–50; late Middle English cedum < Latin sedum houseleek
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  1. any crassulaceous rock plant of the genus Sedum, having thick fleshy leaves and clusters of white, yellow, or pink flowersSee also stonecrop, rose-root, orpine
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Word Origin for sedum

C15: from Latin: houseleek
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Word Origin and History for sedum


mid-15c., from Latin sedum "houseleek."

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