Definition of melissa in English:

melissa

noun

  • A plant of the genus Melissa (family Lamiaceae (Labiatae)), especially lemon balm, M. officinalis, chiefly as used medicinally; an extract of this herb. Also (in form Melissa): the genus itself.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Guy de Chauliac's Grande Chirurgie. From post-classical Latin melissa from ancient Greek (non-Attic) μέλισσα bee, so called in allusion to its attractiveness to bees, probably after Hellenistic Greek μελισσόϕυλλον in the same sense.

Pronunciation

melissa

/mɪˈlɪsə/