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arabis

[ar-uh-bis] /ˈær ə bɪs/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Arabis, including the rock cresses.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Neo-Latin < Greek árabis (stem arabid-) Arabian mustard (derivative with arab-, as in Arabía Arabia, Áraps Arab, etc.); probably applied to the plant because it grows in rocky or sandy soil
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arabis

/ˈærəbɪs/
noun
1.
any plant of the annual or perennial genus Arabis, some of which form low-growing mats with downy grey foliage and white flowers: family Brassicaceae (crucifers) Also called rock cress
Word Origin
New Latin, from Greek arabis (fem) of Arabia
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