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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Anagallis, especially the scarlet pimpernel (A. arvensis) having opposite, entire leaves and small red, purple, or white flowers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The garden-burnet, Poterium Sanguisorba.
  • n. The burnet-saxifrage, Pimpinella Saxifraga.
  • n. The selfheal, Brunella vulgaris.
  • n. A plant, Anagallis arvensis, of the primrose family, sometimes distinguished as red or scarlet pimpernel, a native of the northern Old World and introduced into the United States and elsewhere.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. European garden herb with purple-tinged flowers and leaves that are sometimes used for salads
  • n. any of several plants of the genus Anagallis

Etymologies

Middle English pimpernelle, from Old French, alteration of piprenelle, from Late Latin pimpinella, perhaps from Latin piper, pepper; see pepper.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman pimpernele et al., Middle French pimpinelleĀ ("burnet saxifrage") et al., from Late Latin pipinella, of disputed origin. (Wiktionary)

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