American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small Mediterranean plant (Anacyclus pyrethrum) containing a volatile oil once used for the relief of toothache and facial neuralgia.
- n. Any of various monoecious plants of the genus Parietaria, having long narrow leaves with hairy tufts at the base and apetalous flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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.
- n. Any plant of the genus Parietaria.
- n. Achillea ptarmica, sneezewort.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. 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. The feverfew (Chrysanthemum Parthenium); -- so called because it resembles the above.
- n. herb that grows in crevices having long narrow leaves and small pink apetalous flowers
- n. a small Mediterranean plant containing a volatile oil once used to relieve toothache
- Probably an alteration of pelleter, with change of ending after Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English peletre, peletori, from Old French piretre, peletre, from Latin pyrethrum; see pyrethrum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“‘Needs must thou bring me a cooking-pot full of virgin vinegar and a pound of the herb pellitory called wound-wort.’”
“Tufts of weeds outline the paving-stones; the walls are scored by enormous cracks, and the blackened coping is laced with a thousand festoons of pellitory.”
“This bas-relief was surmounted by a projecting plinth, upon which a variety of chance growths had sprung up, — yellow pellitory, bindweed, convolvuli, nettles, plantain, and even a little cherry-tree, already grown to some height.”
“At the end you come to a second gateway, a Gothic archway covered with simple ornament, now crumbling into ruin and overgrown with wildflowers — moss and ivy, wallflowers and pellitory.”
“‘We shall hardly,’ said he one morning to Waverley when they had been viewing the Castle — ‘we shall hardly gain the obsidional crown, which you wot well was made of the roots or grain which takes root within the place besieged, or it may be of the herb woodbind, parietaria, or pellitory; we shall not, I say, gain it by this same blockade or leaguer of Edinburgh Castle.’”
“The head from which Brother Mark's pellitory dressing had erased even the last drying sore of under-feeding and dirt burrowed comfortably into Joscelin's once-privileged shoulder, and he felt nothing but amused and indulgent affection.”
“I was running out of the lotion of pellitory, and see how much good it's done for him!”
“In cases of ordinary toothache, even severe ones, chewing a small piece of really good pellitory will often give relief in a few minutes.”
“The wild mignonette hangs out its pale yellow spikes of blossoms, but without the fragrance for which its garden sister is so remarkable; and the common pellitory, a near ally of the nettle, which haunts all old ruins, clings in great masses to the crevices, its leaves and ignoble blossoms white with the dust of the road.”
“At the head of the Capo le Case is a small church, beside an old ruinous-looking wall of tufa, covered with shaggy pellitory and other plants, which might well have been one of the ramparts of ancient”
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