herb Paris


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

Origin of herb Paris

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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

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herb Paris

nounplural 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

Origin of herb Paris

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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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