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 (bər-nĕt′, bûr′nĭt)
Any of several perennial plants of the genus Sanguisorba of the rose family, some species of which have edible leaves used in salads or sauces.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin burneta, from Old French brunete, dark brown, diminutive of brun, brown, of Germanic origin; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Plants) a plant of the rosaceous genus Sanguisorba (or Poterium), such as S. minor (or P. sanguisorba) (salad burnet), which has purple-tinged green flowers and leaves that are sometimes used for salads
2. (Plants) burnet rose Scotch rose a very prickly Eurasian rose, Rosa pimpinellifolia, with white flowers and purplish-black fruits
3. (Plants) burnet saxifrage a Eurasian umbelliferous plant of the genus Pimpinella, having umbrella-like clusters of white or pink flowers
4. (Animals) a moth of the genus Zygaena, having red-spotted dark green wings and antennae with enlarged tips: family Zygaenidae
[C14: from Old French burnete, variant of brunete dark brown (see brunette); so called from the colour of the flowers of some of the plants]


(bəˈnɛt; ˈbɜːnɪt)
1. (Biography) Gilbert. 1643–1715, Scottish bishop and historian, who played a prominent role in the Glorious Revolution (1688–89); author of The History of My Own Times (2 vols: 1724 and 1734)
2. (Biography) Sir (Frank) Macfarlane (məkˈfɑːlən). 1899–1985, Australian physician and virologist, who shared a Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1960 with P. B. Medawar for their work in immunology
3. (Biography) Thomas. 1635–1715, English theologian who tried to reconcile science and religion in his Sacred theory of the Earth (1680–89)


(bərˈnɛt, ˈbɜr nɪt)

any of several plants belonging to the genera Sanguisorba and Poterium, of the rose family, having pinnate leaves and dense heads of small flowers.
[1225–75; Middle English < Middle French burnete, variant of brunete (see brunet); so called from its hue]
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He was the first that had been appointed since the departure of Colonel Shute, Governor Burnet took up his residence with Mr.
Governor Burnet was so chained down by his instructions from the king that he could not act as he might otherwise have wished.
Indeed, as Clara observed, she had been sleeping from the time of Sir Hovenden Walker's expedition against Quebec until the death of Governor Burnet,--a period of about eighteen years.
Another island of large size in the latitude of southern Scotland, but twice as far to the west, would be "almost wholly covered with everlasting snow," and would have each bay terminated by ice-cliffs, whence great masses would be yearly detached: this island would boast only of a little moss, grass, and burnet, and a titlark would be its only land inhabitant.
But those which perfume the air most delightfully, not passed by as the rest, but being trodden upon and crushed, are three; that is, burnet, wildthyme, and watermints.
Governor Shute, formerly a Colonel under Marlborough, and whom the people frightened out of the province; and learned Governor Burnet, whom the legislature tormented into a mortal fever.
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