eyebright

[ahy-brahyt]
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noun

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.
the scarlet pimpernel.See under pimpernel.

Origin of eyebright

First recorded in 1525–35; eye + bright
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Examples from the Web for eyebright

Historical Examples of eyebright

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

    Eyebright

    Susan Coolidge

  • She begged, and Eyebright pleaded, but papa held to his decision.

    Eyebright

    Susan Coolidge

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

    Eyebright

    Susan Coolidge

  • Eyebright sat as if stunned, while her father walked to and fro.

    Eyebright

    Susan Coolidge

  • This was dinner-time, Eyebright declared, and she produced the lunch-basket.

    Eyebright

    Susan Coolidge



British Dictionary definitions for eyebright

eyebright

noun

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
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