- any of several plants belonging to the genera Sanguisorba and Poterium, of the rose family, having pinnate leaves and dense heads of small flowers.
Origin of burnet
1225–75; Middle English < Middle French burnete, variant of brunete (see brunet); so called from its hue
- Sir (Frank) Mac·far·lane [muh k-fahr-luh n] /məkˈfɑr lən/, 1899–1985, Australian physician: Nobel Prize in Physiology 1960.
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Bishop Burnet takes notice of the discovery of this intrigue.The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete
Burnet was a 'gossiper, slanderer, and notorious falsifier of facts.'Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
His cosmological ideas were based on those of Burnet and Leibnitz.Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution
Alpheus Spring Packard
There was coffee on the table too, for Mr Burnet was there, and Sally knew his tastes.David Fleming's Forgiveness
Margaret Murray Robertson
Visitors were rare in Burnet, and the children regarded them always as a treat.Nine Little Goslings
- a plant of the rosaceous genus Sanguisorba (or Poterium), such as S. minor (or P. sanguisorba) (salad burnet), which has purple-tinged green flowers and leaves that are sometimes used for salads
- burnet rose or Scotch rose a very prickly Eurasian rose, Rosa pimpinellifolia, with white flowers and purplish-black fruits
- burnet saxifrage a Eurasian umbelliferous plant of the genus Pimpinella, having umbrella-like clusters of white or pink flowers
- a moth of the genus Zygaena, having red-spotted dark green wings and antennae with enlarged tips: family Zygaenidae
C14: from Old French burnete, variant of brunete dark brown (see brunette); so called from the colour of the flowers of some of the plants
- Gilbert . 1643–1715, Scottish bishop and historian, who played a prominent role in the Glorious Revolution (1688–89); author of The History of My Own Times (2 vols: 1724 and 1734)
- Sir (Frank) Macfarlane (məkˈfɑːlən). 1899–1985, Australian physician and virologist, who shared a Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1960 with P. B. Medawar for their work in immunology
- Thomas . 1635–1715, English theologian who tried to reconcile science and religion in his Sacred theory of the Earth (1680–89)
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Burnet(bər-nĕt′, bûr′nĭt)Sir (Frank) Macfarlane 1899-1985
- Australian virologist. He shared a 1960 Nobel Prize for his work on acquired immunological tolerance.
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