from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See sweet alyssum.
- n. Any of various chiefly Mediterranean weeds or ornamentals of the genus Alyssum in the mustard family, having racemes of white or yellow flowers. Also called madwort.
- n. See hoary alyssum.
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- n. Any of several plants, of the genus Alyssum, that have racemes of white or yellow flowers.
New Latin Alyssum, genus name, from Latin alysson, kind of madder, from Greek alusson, a plant believed to cure rabies : a-, not; see a-1 + lussa, rabies.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἄλυσσον. (Wiktionary)