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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A European plant (Paris quadrifolia) having a whorl of four leaves and a solitary yellow or greenish flower.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably Medieval Latin herba paris, herb of a pair (perhaps a reference to the two pairs of leaves on the whorl) : Latin herba, herb + Latin paris, genitive of pār, equal; see par.

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