herb Paris


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herb Paris

n.
A European plant (Paris quadrifolia) having a whorl of four leaves and a solitary yellow or greenish flower.

[Probably Medieval Latin herba paris, herb of a pair (perhaps a reference to the two pairs of leaves on the whorl) : Latin herba, herb + Latin paris, genitive of pār, equal; see par.]

herb Paris

n, pl herbs Paris
(Plants) a Eurasian woodland plant, Paris quadrifolia, with a whorl of four leaves and a solitary yellow flower: formerly used medicinally: family Trilliaceae
[C16: from Medieval Latin herba paris, literally: herb of a pair: so called because the four leaves on the stalk look like a true lovers' knot; associated in folk etymology with Paris, France]
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Noun1.herb Paris - European herb with yellow-green flowers resembling and closely related to the trilliumsherb Paris - European herb with yellow-green flowers resembling and closely related to the trilliums; reputed to be poisonous
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Paris, Paris - sometimes placed in subfamily Trilliaceae
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The brochure promises 'a relic of Warwickshire countryside as Shakespeare would have known it, with many rare and unusual plants such as Herb Paris and many orchids'.
Just outside the town is Tyddesley Wood , which is 185 acres of ancient woodland and home to Herb Paris, Small Leaved Lime and the Wild Service Tree.
He also has flocks of seed-eating birds such as linnet and yellowhammer, and rare wild plants such as meadow saffron, greater butterfly orchid and herb paris.