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n. pl. pel·li·to·ries
Any of various plants of the genus Parietaria, having long narrow leaves, often hairy stems, and small axillary flowers.
[Middle English pellatori, variant of Middle English paritarie (influenced by peletre, wild thyme, plant of the genus Anacyclus; see pellitory2), from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin parietāria, from feminine of Latin parietārius, of a wall or walls (so called because the plants often grow in walls), from pariēs, pariēt-, wall.]
n. pl. pel·li·to·ries
A small Mediterranean plant (Anacyclus pyrethrum) in the composite family, containing a volatile oil formerly used for the relief of toothache.
[Middle English peletori, alteration (influenced by paritarie, plant of the genus Parietaria); see pellitory1 of peletre, from Old French piretre, peletre, from Latin pyrethrum; see pyrethrum.]
n, pl -ries
1. (Plants) any of various urticaceous plants of the S and W European genus Parietaria, esp P. diffusa (pellitory-of-the-wall or wall pellitory), that grow in crevices and have long narrow leaves and small pink flowers
2. (Plants) pellitory of Spain a small Mediterranean plant, Anacyclus pyrethrum, the root of which contains an oil formerly used to relieve toothache: family Asteraceae (composites)
[C16 peletre, from Old French piretre, from Latin pyrethrum, from Greek purethron, from pur fire, from the hot pungent taste of the root]
pel•li•to•ry(ˈpɛl ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)
n., pl. -ries.
a composite plant, Anacyclus pyrethrum, of the S Mediterranean, with a yarrowlike flower head and a pungent root used locally for relieving toothache.
[1535–40; alter. of Middle English peletre < Anglo-French, Middle French piretre < Latin pyrethrum < Greek pýrethron, akin to pyretós fever]
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|Noun||1.||pellitory - herb that grows in crevices having long narrow leaves and small pink apetalous flowers|
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
|2.||pellitory - a small Mediterranean plant containing a volatile oil once used to relieve toothache|