- 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
Any of various plants of the genus Parietaria, having long narrow leaves, often hairy stems, and small axillary flowers.
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 parietāria, from feminine of Latin parietārius, of a wall or walls (so called because the plants often grow in walls), from pariēs, pariēt-, wall.
A small Mediterranean plant (Anacyclus pyrethrum) in the composite family, containing a volatile oil formerly used for the relief of toothache.
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.