from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any plant of the genus Parietaria.
- n. Achillea ptarmica, sneezewort.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English peletre, peletori, from Old French piretre, peletre, from Latin pyrethrum; see pyrethrum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably a variant form of parietary. (Wiktionary)
Probably an alteration of pelleter, with change of ending after Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)