- 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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Some had four loops, which gave rise to the name true-love as applied to herb-paris.
True′-heart′edness; True′-love, one truly or really beloved: a sweetheart: the herb-Paris (see Herb).
- 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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