World English Dictionary
pellitory (ˈpɛlɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  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.  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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1. herb that grows in crevices having long narrow leaves and small pink apetalous flowers [syn: pellitory-of-the-wall
2. a small Mediterranean plant containing a volatile oil once used to relieve toothache 
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