arabis

arabis

[ar-uh-bis]
noun
any plant of the genus Arabis, including the rock cresses.

Origin:
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)
 
n
Also called: rock cress 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)
 
[New Latin, from Greek arabis (fem) of Arabia]

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