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pyrethrum

[ pahy-ree-thruhm, -reth-ruhm ]
/ paɪˈri θrəm, -ˈrɛθ rəm /
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noun
any of several chrysanthemums, as Chrysanthemum coccineum, having finely divided leaves and showy red, pink, lilac, or white flowers, cultivated as an ornamental.
any of several chrysanthemums, as C. cinerariifolium, or C. coccineum, cultivated as a source of insecticides.
Pharmacology. the dried flower heads of these plants, used chiefly as an insecticide and sometimes in medicine for certain skin disorders.
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Origin of pyrethrum

First recorded in 1555–65; from Latin, from Greek pýrethron, the name of the flower, akin to pyretós “fever”
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British Dictionary definitions for pyrethrum

pyrethrum
/ (paɪˈriːθrəm) /

noun
any of several cultivated Eurasian chrysanthemums, such as Chrysanthemum coccineum and C. roseum, with white, pink, red, or purple flowers
any insecticide prepared from the dried flowers of any of these plants, esp C. roseum

Word Origin for pyrethrum

C16: via Latin from Greek purethron feverfew, probably from puretos fever; see pyretic
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