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pellitory

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noun pel·li·to·ry \ˈpe-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of pellitory

plural pellitories

  1. 1 :  a southern European composite plant (Anacyclus pyrethrum) resembling yarrow —called also pellitory-of-Spain

  2. 2 :  any of a genus (Parietaria) of herbs of the nettle family with alternate leaves and inconspicuous flowers —called also pellitory-of-the-wall



Origin of pellitory

Middle English peletre, pelytory, from Anglo-French peletre, peretre, from Medieval Latin peletrum, piretrum, alteration of Latin pyrethrum — more at pyrethrum


First Known Use: 15th century


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