Definition of parson-and-clerk in English:

parson-and-clerk

(also parsons-and-clerks)

noun

  • 1British regional (a children's name for) the flaming marks and spots made on paper as it burns, especially the last spark (obsolete).

  • 2Wild arum, Arum maculatum.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Horace Walpole (1717–1797), author, politician, and patron of the arts.