Pellitory meaning

pĕlĭ-tôrē
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Any of various plants of the genus Parietaria, having long narrow leaves, often hairy stems, and small axillary flowers.
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A small Mediterranean plant (Anacyclus pyrethrum) in the composite family, containing a volatile oil formerly used for the relief of toothache.
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Any of a genus (Parietaria) of plants of the nettle family, often grown as an ornamental.
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A Mediterranean plant (Anacyclus pyrethrum) of the composite family, whose root was formerly used to relieve toothache.
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Pellitory of the wall. [from 15th c.]
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Any plant of the genus Parietaria.
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Achillea ptarmica, sneezewort.
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Pellitory of Spain. [from 16th c.]
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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.

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