- any of a genus (Parietaria) of plants of the nettle family, often grown as an ornamentalin full wall pellitory
- a Mediterranean plant (Anacyclus pyrethrum) of the composite family, whose root was formerly used to relieve toothachein full pellitory of Spain
Origin of pellitoryaltered ; from Middle English peritorie ; from Old French paritoire ; from Classical Latin parietaria ; from parietarius, of walls ; from paries: see paries
Origin of pellitoryMiddle English pellatori, variant of Middle English paritarie (influenced by peletre, wild thyme, plant of the genus Anacyclus; see pellitory2), from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin pariet&amacron;ria, from feminine of Latin pariet&amacron;rius, of a wall or walls (so called because the plants often grow in walls), from pari&emacron;s, pari&emacron;t-, wall.
Origin of pellitoryMiddle English peletori, alteration (influenced by paritarie, plant of the genus Parietaria); see pellitory1 of peletre, from Old French piretre, peletre, from Latin pyrethrum; see pyrethrum.
Probably a variant form of parietary.
- Pellitory of Spain. [from 16th c.]
Probably an alteration of pelleter, with change of ending after Etymology 1, above.