pellitory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pellitory a small Mediterranean plant containing a volatile oil once used to relieve toothache
    • n pellitory herb that grows in crevices having long narrow leaves and small pink apetalous flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pellitory (Bot) A composite plant (Anacyclus Pyrethrum) of the Mediterranean region, having finely divided leaves and whitish flowers. The root is the officinal pellitory, and is used as an irritant and sialogogue. Called also bertram, and pellitory of Spain.
    • n Pellitory (Bot) The common name of the several species of the genus Parietaria, low, harmless weeds of the Nettle family; -- also called wall pellitory, and lichwort.Parietaria officinalis is common on old walls in Europe; Parietaria pennsylvanica is found in the United States; and six or seven more species are found near the Mediterranean, or in the Orient.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pellitory A perennial weed, Parietaria officinalis; specifically, the wall-pellitory, a small bushy plant growing on old walls, etc., throughout the cooler parts of Europe and Asia. The name is extended to all the species of the genus; p. pennsylvaniea is the American pellitory. Also calledhammerwort and helxine.
    • n pellitory The feverfew, Chrusanthemum parthenium (see feverfew); also, the other chrysanthemums of the group often classed as Phyrethrum. The sneezewort, Achillea Ptarmica, has been called wild or bastard pellitory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pellitory pel′i-tor-i a genus of plants found most commonly on old walls and heaps of rubbish: the feverfew
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. paritorie, OF. paritoire, F. pariétaire,; (cf. It. & Sp. parietaria,), L. parietaria, the parietary, or pellitory, the wall plant, fr. parietarius, belonging to the walls, fr. paries, parietis, a wall. Cf. Parietary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. parietaria, the wall-plant—parietariusparies, parietis, a wall.

Usage

In literature:

She picked a little piece of pellitory out of the breast-high wall in front of us.
"The Good Soldier" by Ford Madox Ford
You may boil in it Pellitory of the wall, Agrimony, or what herbs you please.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
The best pellitory I ever plucked out of a wall.
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
Wall-pellitories showed their strange clusters in tasteful arrangement.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
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