Pellitory Definition

pĕlĭ-tôrē
pellitories
noun
Any of a genus (Parietaria) of plants of the nettle family, often grown as an ornamental.
Webster's New World
A Mediterranean plant (Anacyclus pyrethrum) of the composite family, whose root was formerly used to relieve toothache.
Webster's New World
Pellitory of the wall. [from 15th c.]
Wiktionary

Achillea ptarmica, sneezewort.

Wiktionary
Pellitory of Spain. [from 16th c.]
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Other Word Forms of Pellitory

Noun

Singular:
pellitory
Plural:
pellitories

Origin of Pellitory

  • Middle English pellatori variant of Middle English paritarie (influenced by peletre wild thyme, plant of the genus Anacyclus 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

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

  • Middle English peletori alteration (influenced by paritarie plant of the genus Parietaria) pellitory1 of peletre from Old French piretre, peletre from Latin pyrethrum pyrethrum

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

  • Probably an alteration of pelleter, with change of ending after Etymology 1, above.

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably a variant form of parietary.

    From Wiktionary

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