• synonyms

herb Paris

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

Origin of herb Paris

First recorded in 1560–70, herb Paris is from the Medieval Latin word herba paris < ?
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for herb paris

Historical Examples of herb paris

British Dictionary definitions for herb paris

herb Paris

noun plural 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
Show More

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012