noun, plural herbs Paris.
a European plant, Paris quadrifolia, of the lily family, formerly used in medicine.
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Origin of herb Paris
First recorded in 1560–70; by folk etymology with Paris, France; possibly from Medieval Latin herba paris “herb of a pair, of a couple” (referring to the regularity of the leaves and flowers); of uncertain origin
Words nearby herb Paris
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Example sentences from the Web for herb Paris
Some had four loops, which gave rise to the name true-love as applied to herb-paris.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
True′-heart′edness; True′-love, one truly or really beloved: a sweetheart: the herb-Paris (see Herb).
British Dictionary definitions for 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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