One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A low-growing herbaceous plant that typically bears white or pink flowers, frequently grown in rock gardens.
Genus Arabis, family Cruciferae
- ‘Items stolen have included potentilla bushes, arabis and fuchsias.’
- ‘Clip back aubretias, arabis and perennial candytufts when they have finished flowering.’
- ‘Both are but a few inches high, and are pretty planted in spreading patches about the drifts of snowy Arabis in bloom at the same time.’
Via medieval Latin from Greek, feminine of Araps, Arab- (see Arabic).
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