herb Paris

herb Par·​is | \ -ˈparə̇s \
plural herbs Paris or herb Parises

Definition of herb Paris

: a European herb (Paris quadrifolia) resembling and closely related to the trilliums and commonly reputed to be poisonous

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History and Etymology for herb Paris

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 20 Oct. 2020.

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