- 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 pellitory 2. ) from Anglo-Norman from Late Latin parietāria from feminine of Latin parietārius of a wall or walls (so called because the plants often grow in walls) from pariēs, pariēt- wall
Origin of pellitoryMiddle English peletori alteration ( influenced by paritarie plant of the genus Parietaria ); see pellitory 1. 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.