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Origin of scarlet pimpernel
First recorded in 1850–55
Definition for scarlet pimpernel (2 of 2)
[ pim-per-nel, -nl ]
/ ˈpɪm pərˌnɛl, -nl /
a plant belonging to the genus Anagallis, of the primrose family, especially A. arvensis (scarlet pimpernel), having scarlet or white flowers that close at the approach of bad weather.
Origin of pimpernel
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British Dictionary definitions for scarlet pimpernel (1 of 2)
/ (ˈpɪmpəˌnɛl, -nəl) /
any of several plants of the primulaceous genus Anagallis, such as the scarlet pimpernel, typically having small star-shaped flowers
any of several similar and related plants, such as Lysimachia nemorum (yellow pimpernel)
Word Origin for pimpernel
C15: from Old French pimpernelle, ultimately from Latin piper pepper; compare Old English pipeneale
British Dictionary definitions for scarlet pimpernel (2 of 2)
a weedy primulaceous plant, Anagallis arvensis, of temperate regions, having small red, purple, or white star-shaped flowers that close in bad weatherAlso called: poor man's weatherglass, shepherd's weatherglass
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