2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pimpernel \Pim"per*nel\, noun [F. pimprenelle; cf. Sp. pimpinela, It. pimpinella; perh. from LL. bipinnella, for bipinnula two-winged, equiv. to L. bipennis; bis twice + penna feather, wing. Cf. {Pen} a feather.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Anagallis}, of which one species ({Anagallis arvensis}) has small flowers, usually scarlet, but sometimes purple, blue, or white, which speedily close at the approach of bad weather.

{Water pimpernel}. (Bot.) See {Brookweed}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: European garden herb with purple-tinged flowers and leaves that are sometimes used for salads [syn: {salad burnet}, {burnet bloodwort}, {pimpernel}, {Poterium sanguisorba}]

2: any of several plants of the genus Anagallis

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