scarlet pimpernel


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scarlet pimpernel

n.
A pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) having small flowers that are usually red but may be blue or white.

scarlet pimpernel

n
(Plants) a weedy primulaceous plant, Anagallis arvensis, of temperate regions, having small red, purple, or white star-shaped flowers that close in bad weather. Also called: poor man's weatherglass or shepherd's weatherglass

pim•per•nel

(ˈpɪm pərˌnɛl, -nl)

n.
any plant belonging to the genus Anagallis, of the primrose family, esp. A. arvensis (scarlet pimpernel), having scarlet or white flowers that close in bad weather.
[1400–50; late Middle English pympernele < Middle French pimprenelle, Old French piprenelle < Vulgar Latin *piperīnella= Latin piper pepper + -īn- -ine3 + -ella diminutive suffix]
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Noun1.scarlet pimpernel - herb with scarlet or white or purple blossoms that close at approach of rainy weatherscarlet pimpernel - herb with scarlet or white or purple blossoms that close at approach of rainy weather
pimpernel - any of several plants of the genus Anagallis
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