Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

eyebright

[ahy-brahyt]
See more synonyms for eyebright on Thesaurus.com
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.
Show More

Origin of eyebright

First recorded in 1525–35; eye + bright
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for eyebright

Historical Examples

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

    Eyebright

    Susan Coolidge

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

    Eyebright

    Susan Coolidge

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

    Eyebright

    Susan Coolidge

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

    Eyebright

    Susan Coolidge

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

    Eyebright

    Susan Coolidge


British Dictionary definitions for eyebright

eyebright

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 disordersAlso called: euphrasy
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012