pyrethrum

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Wikispecies

Tanacetum cinerariifolium
Tanacetum cinerariifolium

Etymology[edit]

Old English peretreo, from (and later reformed after) Latin pyrethrum (in Pliny), from Hellenistic Ancient Greek πύρεθρον (púrethron).

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pyrethrum (countable and uncountable, plural pyrethrums)

  1. Any of several daisy-like perennial African plants of the genus Tanacetum, especially Tanacetum cinerariifolium. [from 10th c.]
    • 1986, Ngũgī wa Thiong'o, Decolonising the Mind, Heinemann 2005, p. 10:
      We children would re-tell the stories the following day to other children who worked in the fields picking the pyrethrum flowers, tea-leaves or coffee beans of our European and African landlords.
  2. (organic chemistry) Any of several insecticides obtained from these plants; pyrethrin.

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