One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two plants of the genus Parietaria (family Urticaceae), P. officinalis and P. judaica (pellitory of the wall).
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From (i) Anglo-Norman paritarie and Middle French paritaire (13th cent. in Old French; Middle French (Namur) peritaire, Middle French, French pariétaire)).
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