me·​sem·​bry·​an·​the·​mum mə-ˌzem-brē-ˈan(t)-thə-məm How to pronounce mesembryanthemum (audio)
: any of a genus (Mesembryanthemum) of chiefly southern African fleshy-leaved herbs or subshrubs of the carpetweed family

Word History


New Latin, irregular from Greek mesēmbria midday (from mes- + hēmera day) + anthemon flower, from anthos — more at anthology

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mesembryanthemum was in 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Mesembryanthemum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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