blue pimpernel


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Noun1.blue pimpernel - an American mint that yields a resinous exudate used especially formerly as an antispasmodicblue pimpernel - an American mint that yields a resinous exudate used especially formerly as an antispasmodic
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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Moreover, as Gartner during several years repeatedly crossed the primrose and cowslip, which we have such good reason to believe to be varieties, and only once or twice succeeded in getting fertile seed; as he found the common red and blue pimpernels (Anagallis arvensis and coerulea), which the best botanists rank as varieties, absolutely sterile together; and as he came to the same conclusion in several other analogous cases; it seems to me that we may well be permitted to doubt whether many other species are really so sterile, when intercrossed, as Gartner believes.
WE seek him here, we seek him there, we seek the Blue Pimpernel everywhere.
He also gained tremendous respect as Air Attache in Hungary during the 1956 uprising, where he became known as the Light Blue Pimpernel, helping many to flee the Soviets.