Aubrieta

noun
Au·​brie·​ta | \ ˌȯ-brē-ˈe-tə, ˌȯ-ˈbrē-, ˌō- \

Definition of Aubrieta

1 : a genus of Eurasian perennial herbs (family Cruciferae) that often grow in dense mats, are cultivated in rock gardens, and have showy, usually purplish flowers
2 aubrieta or aubretia \ ō-​ˈbrē-​sh(ē-​)ə , ȯ-​ \ or less commonly aubrietia \ ō-​ˈbrē-​sh(ē-​)ə , ȯ-​ \ plural aubrietas or aubretias also aubrietias : a plant of the genus Aubrieta The technique to keep aubrietas going year after year is to shear them hard as they finish their display, so that they develop a new cushion of tight foliage. — Val Bourne, Daily Telegraph (London), 16 Apr. 2011 I used to be snooty about aubretia, but that was before I saw it growing wild on limestone cliffs in Greece. It's a beautiful plant, and one which will thrive on the driest wall. — Christopher Stocks, Independent on Sunday (London), 22 Aug. 2004

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History and Etymology for Aubrieta

New Latin, from Claude Aubriet †1742 French painter of flowers and animals + New Latin -ia

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“Aubrieta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Aubrieta. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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