Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A low-growing plant (Asperugo procumbens) with small blue flowers, native to Eurasia and naturalized in North America.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant of the genus Alyssum.
  • noun [As if a contraction of madderwort, having been used as a substitute for madder.] A plant of the borage family, Asperugo proeumbens, whose root was used like madder: commonly called German madwort.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of cruciferous plants (Alyssum) with white or yellow flowers and rounded pods. Alyssum maritimum is the commonly cultivated sweet alyssum, a fragrant white-flowered annual.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of the alyssums.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any garden plant of the genus Alyssum having clusters of small yellow or white flowers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Sense 1, perhaps alteration (influenced by madder) of Dutch mede, madder + wort (from the use of A. procumbens to make a dye ). Sense 2, originally a name for various plants supposed to cure rabies, and later also for plants of the genus Alyssum : mad, rabid + wort (partial translation of Latin alyssum, from Greek alusson; see alyssum).]

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mad +‎ wort

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