A European plant (Paris quadrifolia) having a whorl of four leaves and a solitary yellow or greenish flower.
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.
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