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pim·per·nel

 (pĭm′pər-nĕl′, -nəl)
n.
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.]

pimpernel

(ˈpɪmpəˌnɛl; -nəl)
n
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)

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pimpernel - European garden herb with purple-tinged flowers and leaves that are sometimes used for saladspimpernel - 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
genus Poterium, Poterium - a genus of thorny herbs or shrubs of the family Rosaceae
2.pimpernel - any of several plants of the genus Anagallis
Anagallis, genus Anagallis - chiefly Old World herbs
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
Anagallis tenella, bog pimpernel - small creeping European herb having delicate pink flowers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Translations
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pimpernel

[ˈpɪmpənel] Nmurajes mpl, pimpinela f

pimpernel

n (Bot: also scarlet pimpernel) → (Acker)gauchheil m

pimpernel

[ˈpɪmpəˌnɛl] n scarlet pimpernelprimula rossa
References in classic literature ?
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.
Other screen Pimpernels include David Niven, Anthony Andrews - even Sid James in Carry On's Don't Lose Your Head.
The star of the new Scarlet Pimpernel films does not drink, smoke or eat dairy products, but Richard E Grant insists he is not a health nut.