herb Paris


herb Par·​is
plural herbs Paris or herb Parises
: a European herb (Paris quadrifolia) resembling and closely related to the trilliums and commonly reputed to be poisonous

Word History


by folk etymology (influence of Paris, France) from Medieval Latin or New Latin herba paris, literally, herb of a couple; from the resemblance of its four leaves on a stalk to a true lover's knot

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“Herb Paris.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herb%20Paris. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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