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Any of various plants of the genus Anagallis, having opposite leaves and flowers with a five-lobed calyx, especially the scarlet pimpernel.
[Middle English pimpernelle, from Old French, alteration of piprenelle, from Late Latin pimpinella, perhaps from Latin piper, pepper; see pepper.]
1. (Plants) any of several plants of the primulaceous genus Anagallis, such as the scarlet pimpernel, typically having small star-shaped flowers
2. (Plants) any of several similar and related plants, such as Lysimachia nemorum (yellow pimpernel)
[C15: from Old French pimpernelle, ultimately from Latin piper pepper; compare Old English pipeneale]
pim•per•nel(ˈpɪm pərˌnɛl, -nl)
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.
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|Noun||1.||pimpernel - European garden herb with purple-tinged flowers and leaves that are sometimes used for salads|
salad burnet - leaves sometimes used for salad
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
|2.||pimpernel - any of several plants of the genus Anagallis|
Anagallis arvensis, poor man's weatherglass, red pimpernel, scarlet pimpernel - herb with scarlet or white or purple blossoms that close at approach of rainy weather