herb Paris

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noun, plural herbs Paris.

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

Origin of herb Paris

First recorded in 1560–70, herb Paris is from the Medieval Latin word herba paris < ?

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herb Paris

noun plural herbs Paris

a Eurasian woodland plant, Paris quadrifolia, with a whorl of four leaves and a solitary yellow flower: formerly used medicinally: family Trilliaceae

Word Origin for herb Paris

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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