Meaning of mesembryanthemum in English:


Pronunciation /mɪˌzɛmbrɪˈanθɪməm/


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

    Mesembryanthemum and related genera, family Aizoaceae

    ‘For ease of maintenance mesembryanthemums can't be beaten because they come in bright colours and require little water and develop into soft billows.’
    • ‘Out near the lighthouse at Cabo Sardão the cliffs were smothered in mesembryanthemum, sherbet-yellow flowers in tangles of fleshy leaves.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Things like sea holly, sea cabbage and mesembryanthemums all need the sun to open their flowers…’
    • ‘A lot of South African species survive in dryish conditions - Geraniums, mesembryanthemums, etc.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have no idea what mesembryanthemums are, but I am going to find out.’


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