Definition of Osyris in English:

Osyris

noun

Botany
  • Originally: any of several plants used medicinally, probably including toadflax (Linaria species), summer cypress, Bassia scoparia, and the shrub Osyris alba. Later: a genus of evergreen shrubs of the family Santalaceae, native to the Mediterranean region, eastern Asia, and Africa, having narrow entire leaves, small stalked flowers, and roundish drupes.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Turner (d. 1568), naturalist and religious controversialist. From classical Latin osȳris from Hellenistic Greek ὄσυρις (also ὄσιρις), a plant identified variously with Osyris alba, Linaria vulgaris, etc., probably from ancient Greek Ὄσιρις, the name of Osiris.

Pronunciation

Osyris

/ˈɒsɪrɪs/