Definition of mesembryanthemum in English:

mesembryanthemum

noun

  • A succulent South African plant with brightly coloured daisy-like flowers.

    Mesembryanthemum and related genera, family Aizoaceae

    • ‘A lot of South African species survive in dryish conditions - Geraniums, mesembryanthemums, etc.’
    • ‘Out near the lighthouse at Cabo Sardão the cliffs were smothered in mesembryanthemum, sherbet-yellow flowers in tangles of fleshy leaves.’
    • ‘For ease of maintenance mesembryanthemums can't be beaten because they come in bright colours and require little water and develop into soft billows.’
    • ‘Things like sea holly, sea cabbage and mesembryanthemums all need the sun to open their flowers…’
    • ‘I have no idea what mesembryanthemums are, but I am going to find out.’
    • ‘‘When he examined it more closely he found it was not a daisy but a drosanthemum, which is a member of the mesembryanthemum family,’ Rabie said.’
    • ‘Its semi-desert vegetation of grass, shrubs, karoobossies and mesembryanthemums covers the hills and vales, and epitomises the wild and free spirit of this land.’

Origin

Modern Latin, based on Greek mesēmbria ‘noon’ + anthemon ‘flower’.

Pronunciation

mesembryanthemum

/mɪˌzɛmbrɪˈanθɪməm/