Origin of pimpernel
Examples from the Web for pimpernel
The latter part of Mrs. Pimpernel's speech bore relation to a hard newspaper parcel, which she dropped into Mary's lap.John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III|Mary E. Braddon
"She hates you, Pimpernel," said Mrs. Wolfstein to her friend.
Primulace, to which belongs the Pimpernel, the 'poor man's weather-glass'.
"My Pimpernel," he called it, and rough as the work was at that stage, it was full of beauty and promise.Janet of the Dunes|Harriet T. Comstock
If this goes on Pimpernel's imitation will soon be completely out of date.
Word Origin for pimpernel
c.1400, from Old French pimprenelle, earlier piprenelle (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin pipinella name of a medicinal plant. This is perhaps from *piperinus "pepper-like" (so called because its fruits resemble peppercorns), a derivative of Latin piper "pepper" (see pepper (n.)); or else it is a corruption of bipinnella, from bipennis "two-winged." The Scarlet Pimpernel was the code name of the hero in an adventure novel of that name published 1905.