alyssum

noun
alys·​sum | \ə-ˈli-səm \

Definition of alyssum 

1 : any of a genus (Alyssum) of Eurasian herbs of the mustard family with small usually yellow racemose flowers

called also madwort

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One evening the Crums came to the bar, bearing a bouquet of rosemary, thyme and alyssum. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 One evening the Crums came to the bar, bearing a bouquet of rosemary, thyme and alyssum. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 One evening the Crums came to the bar, bearing a bouquet of rosemary, thyme and alyssum. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 One evening the Crums came to the bar, bearing a bouquet of rosemary, thyme and alyssum. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 One evening the Crums came to the bar, bearing a bouquet of rosemary, thyme and alyssum. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 One evening the Crums came to the bar, bearing a bouquet of rosemary, thyme and alyssum. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 One evening the Crums came to the bar, bearing a bouquet of rosemary, thyme and alyssum. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 One evening the Crums came to the bar, bearing a bouquet of rosemary, thyme and alyssum. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of alyssum

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alyssum

New Latin, from Greek alysson, plant believed to cure rabies, from neuter of alyssos curing rabies, from a- + lyssa rabies

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