Where does the word “Alyssum” originate and What does Alyssum mean?

The Greeks had the notion that if one were bitten by a rabid dog, hydrophobia or madness could be averted by promptly chewing the leaves of this plant.

Accordingly they gave it the name alyssos, from the negative prefix a and lyssa, “madness,” hence, “preventive of madness.”

The meaning was preserved in the Roman alteration, alyssum.

where does the word alyssum originate and what does alyssum mean

None of our modern physicians, however, recommends it as a cure for hydrophobia.

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