Definition of petigrew in English:

petigrew

(also pettigrue, pettigree)

noun

rare, archaic
  • The plant butcher's broom, Ruscus aculeatus.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Turner (d. 1568), naturalist and religious controversialist. Apparently from petty + Occitan greu holly, aphetic from agreu (Old Occitan agrefol) from post-classical Latin acrifolus, variant of acrifolium; compare classical Latin aquifolium. Compare Catalan grèvol.

Pronunciation

petigrew

/ˈpɛtɪɡruː/