Definition of aethionema in English:

aethionema

noun

  • A plant of the genus Aethionema (family Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)), which comprises mostly low-growing plants with showy racemes of pink, lilac, yellow, or white flowers, native to the Mediterranean but cultivated elsewhere as garden plants; also called stone cress. Also (in form Aethionema): the genus itself.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Brown (1757–1831), writer on agriculture. From scientific Latin Aethionema from ancient Greek αἴθειν to light up, kindle + νῆμα thread, yarn.

Pronunciation:

aethionema

/ˌiːθɪə(ʊ)ˈniːmə/