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pel·li·to·ry 1

 (pĕl′ĭ-tôr′ē)
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.]

pel·li·to·ry 2

 (pĕl′ĭ-tôr′ē)
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.]
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pellitory

(ˈpɛlɪtərɪ; -trɪ)
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]
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pellitory - herb that grows in crevices having long narrow leaves and small pink apetalous flowerspellitory - 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
genus Parietaria, Parietaria - small genus of stingless herbs
2.pellitory - a small Mediterranean plant containing a volatile oil once used to relieve toothache
Anacyclus, genus Anacyclus - a Spanish pellitory
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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A few aloe plants and some chance-sown pellitory grew on the tops of the square pillars of the gates, which all but concealed the stems of a couple of thornless acacias that raised their tufted spikes, like a pair of green powder-puffs, in the yard.
All other INHs which were commonly associated with positive HDMs were obtained including cockroach, Bermuda grass (BDG), rye grass, alder, birch, oak white, olive, acacia, mesquite tree, desert palm pollen, ragweed, chamomile, plantain, Parietaria (wall pellitory), orach, Chenopodium album, alfalfa, animal's epithelium (cat, dog, and horse), camel hair, sheep's wool, Penicillium notatum, Cladosporium herbarum, Aspergillus fumigatus, Alternaria alternata, and latex.
Volunteer subjects from outpatient clinics in a closed homogenous community of Cochin Jews with high prevalence of asthma and allergy [17] completed an asthma and allergy questionnaire and performed spirometry with bronchodilator response, methacholine (MCH) challenge test, a common allergen skin prick test (pellitory, feathers, cat pelt, dog dander, dust mite, mold mix, Aspergillus fumigatus, cockroach, weed mix, southern grasses, pecan, olive, oak, eucalyptus, cypress, (Trupharm Ltd., Netanya, IL)), serum IgE levels, and a complete blood count.
Isolation and Structure of an N-iso Butyldienediynamide from Pellitory (Anacyclus pyrethrum DC.).
ex Willd.; Pennsylvania pellitory; Western old-field; Infrequent but locally abundant; C = 1; BSUH 17902.