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[aw-bree-shuh, -shee-uh, oh-bree-] /ɔˈbri ʃə, -ʃi ə, oʊˈbri-/
any of several plants belonging to the genus Aubrietia, of the mustard family, forming dense mats and having numerous small, purplish flowers.
Origin of aubrietia
1763; < New Latin, named after Claude Aubriet (1651-1743), French painter of plants and animals; see -a2 Unabridged
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  • Free–growing spring–flowers like aubrietia, Alyssum, and Iberis, may be multiplied to any extent by division or cuttings.

    The Wild Garden William Robinson
  • This special service ship, the aubrietia, was hardly a member of the protective escort.

    The Victory At Sea William Sowden Sims
  • The aubrietia had already given warning of the danger referred to in the last words of this final message.

    The Victory At Sea William Sowden Sims
  • Arabis alpina ; aubrietia purpurea ; Alyssum saxatile : all three very easy to grow, and very common.

British Dictionary definitions for aubrietia


any trailing purple-flowered plant of the genus Aubrieta, native to European mountains but widely planted in rock gardens: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, named after Claude Aubriet, 18th-century French painter of flowers and animals
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