herb-paris

herb Paris

noun, plural herbs Paris.
a European plant, Paris quadrifolia, of the lily family, formerly used in medicine.

Origin:
1560–70; < Medieval Latin herba paris < ?

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herb Paris
 
n , pl herbs Paris
a Eurasian woodland plant, Paris quadrifolia, with a whorl of four leaves and a solitary yellow flower: formerly used medicinally: family Trilliaceae
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin herba paris, literally: herb of a pair: so called because the four leaves on the stalk look like a true lovers' knot; associated in folk etymology with Paris, France]

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