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
2 : sweet alyssum
Recent Examples of alyssum from the Web
Bees, for example, may forage alyssum and dianthus on mild winter days.
Marigolds, alyssum, and herbs like basil, and oregano can work in small spaces.
Start these ornamental annuals indoors for transplanting outdoors in mid to late May:alyssum, cosmos, cardinal climber, marigolds, nicotiana, moonflower and impatiens.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'alyssum'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of alyssum
New Latin, from Greek alysson, plant believed to cure rabies, from neuter of alyssos curing rabies, from a- + lyssa rabies
First Known Use: 1548See Words from the same year
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up alyssum? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).