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From the genus name.


mesembryanthemum (plural mesembryanthemums)

  1. Any of the genus Mesembryanthemum of herbaceous or suffruticose plants.
    • 1933, H. G. Wells, The Shape of Things to Come, Book 2, Chapter 11,[1]
      The celebrated garden in which suicidal gamblers used to put an end to their troubles was overgrown with mesembryanthemum.
    • 1939, Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver, “A Country House Visit,”[2]
      They had come out on to the coast road now, and Cornwall was out-postering itself, as usual, with rocky headlands and sandy coves and fishing villages that spilled themselves down the cliff face like cascades of mesembryanthemum.


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for mesembryanthemum in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)