Herb-paris definition

A European plant (Paris quadrifolia) having a whorl of four leaves and a solitary yellow or greenish flower.
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A woodland plant (Paris quadrifolia) of the lily family, with yellowish-green flowers, similar to the trillium, but having its leaves and flower parts in fours instead of threes.
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Origin of herb-paris

  • Probably Medieval Latin herba paris herb of a pair (perhaps a reference to the two pairs of leaves on the whorl) Latin herba herb Latin paris genitive of pār equal par

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition