mezereon

noun

me·​ze·​re·​on mə-ˈzir-ē-ən How to pronounce mezereon (audio)
: a small Eurasian shrub (Daphne mezereum of the family Thymelaeaceae, the mezereon family) with purple flowers and poisonous emetic leaves, fruit, and bark

Word History

Etymology

Middle English mizerion, from Medieval Latin mezereon, from Arabic māzariyūn, perhaps from Persian māzaryūn

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mezereon was in the 15th century

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“Mezereon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mezereon. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

mezereon

noun
me·​ze·​re·​on mə-ˈzir-ē-ən How to pronounce mezereon (audio)
: a small European shrub of the genus Daphne (D. mezereum of the family Thymelaeaceae, the mezereon family) with fragrant lilac purple flowers and poisonous emetic leaves, fruit, and bark

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