alyssum /ˈalɪs(ə)m, əˈlɪs(ə)m/


I. noun

a herbaceous Eurasian plant which typically bears small white or yellow flowers. Some kinds are cultivated in gardens.

●Genera Alyssum and Lobularia, family Cruciferae: many species.
– origin mid 16th cent. (used loosely to denote various medicinal herbs): modern Latin, from Latin alysson, from Greek alusson, from a- ‘without’ + lussa ‘rabies’ (referring to early herbalist use).

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