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eyebright

[ahy-brahyt] /ˈaɪˌbraɪt/
noun
1.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Euphrasia, of the figwort family, as E. officinalis of Europe, formerly used for treating diseases of the eye.
2.
the scarlet pimpernel.
See under pimpernel.
Origin of eyebright
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; eye + bright
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  • eyebright was not old enough to perceive the inconveniences of being poor.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • eyebright paused, and bit into her apple with an absorbed expression.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • The little ones were silent, but they looked anxiously at eyebright.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • "I'll tell the first," said eyebright, always ready to take the lead.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • "I should have thought so," said Bessie Mather, who was cuddled in the hay close to eyebright.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • eyebright could not remember any time in her life when her mother was not ill.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • The one on the left-hand side of the chimney-piece was eyebright's special cupboard.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • eyebright sat on the door-steps and watched him ride down the street.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • "I can't be any quicker when I have to keep going for more things," said eyebright.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • Ordinarily, eyebright was very proud to be trusted with this little job.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for eyebright

eyebright

/ˈaɪˌbraɪt/
noun
1.
any scrophulariaceous annual plant of the genus Euphrasia, esp E. nemorosa, having small white-and-purple two-lipped flowers: formerly used in the treatment of eye disorders Also called euphrasy
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