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herb Paris

noun, plural herbs Paris.
1.
a European plant, Paris quadrifolia, of the lily family, formerly used in medicine.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Medieval Latin herba paris < ?
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herb Paris

noun (pl) herbs Paris
1.
a Eurasian woodland plant, Paris quadrifolia, with a whorl of four leaves and a solitary yellow flower: formerly used medicinally: family Trilliaceae
Word Origin
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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