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herb Paris

noun, plural herbs Paris.
  1. 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, herb Paris is from the Medieval Latin word herba paris < ?
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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
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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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