pellitory

noun
pel·​li·​to·​ry | \ ˈpe-lə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce pellitory (audio) \
plural pellitories

Definition of pellitory

1 : a southern European composite plant (Anacyclus pyrethrum) resembling yarrow

called also pellitory-of-Spain

2 : any of a genus (Parietaria) of herbs of the nettle family with alternate leaves and inconspicuous flowers

called also pellitory-of-the-wall

First Known Use of pellitory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pellitory

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

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“Pellitory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pellitory. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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