mesembryanthemum

noun
me·​sem·​bry·​an·​the·​mum | \ mə-ˌzem-brē-ˈan(t)-thə-məm How to pronounce mesembryanthemum (audio) \

Definition of mesembryanthemum

: any of a genus (Mesembryanthemum) of chiefly southern African fleshy-leaved herbs or subshrubs of the carpetweed family

First Known Use of mesembryanthemum

1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mesembryanthemum

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

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“Mesembryanthemum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mesembryanthemum. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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