Meaning of Nyssa in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnɪsə/


  • A genus of North American and Asian trees of the family Cornaceae, having small greenish flowers, berry-like fruits, and often colourful foliage in the autumn; (also nyssa) a tree of this genus; especially the black gum, Nyssa sylvatica.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in New & Complete Dictionary Arts & Science. From post-classical Latin Nyssa, genus name from classical Latin Nȳsa (ancient Greek Νῦσα, Νύσσα), the name of the nurse of Bacchus, said by Hyginus (Fabulae 182) to be a water nymph: thus in allusion to the swamp habitat of some species.