pellitory

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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably a variant form of parietary.

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Noun[edit]

pellitory (plural pellitories)

  1. Pellitory of the wall (Parietaria officinalis). [from 15th c.]
    • 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio Society 2007, p. 215:
      The dried herb Pellitory made up into an electuary with honey, or the juice of the herb, or the decoction thereof made up with sugar or honey, is a singular remedy for any old or dry cough, the shortness of breath, and wheezing in the throat.
  2. Any plant of the genus Parietaria.
    1. Parietaria debilis
    2. Parietaria judaica (spreading pellitory)
  3. Achillea ptarmica (European pellitory, bastard pellitory, wild pellitory, sneezewort.
  4. Tanacetum cinerariifolium (formerly Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium) (feverfew, Dalmatian pellitory)

Etymology 2[edit]

Probably an alteration of pelleter, with change of ending after Etymology 1, above.

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Noun[edit]

pellitory (countable and uncountable, plural pellitories)

  1. Pellitory of Spain (Anacyclus pyrethrum), a plant containing an oil once used for toothaches and facial neuralgia. [from 16th c.]
    • 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio Society 2007, p. 213:
      Common Pellitory is a very common plant, and will not be kept in our gardens without diligent looking to.