pellitory definition by Webster's New World
- 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: altered ; from Middle English peritorie ; from Old French paritoire ; from Classical Latin parietaria ; from parietarius, of walls ; from paries: see paries
pellitory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. pel·li·to·ries
- A small Mediterranean plant (Anacyclus pyrethrum) containing a volatile oil once used for the relief of toothache and facial neuralgia.
- Any of various monoecious plants of the genus Parietaria, having long narrow leaves with hairy tufts at the base and apetalous flowers.
Origin: Middle English peletre, peletori, from Old French piretre, peletre, from Latin pyrethrum; see pyrethrum.