American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. It is a neat procumbent herb with a wheel-shaped corolla, red in color, varying to purple, white, or blue. The flowers close at the approach of bad weather, whence it is named poor man's (or shepherd's) weather-glass; it is also called red chickweed, John-go-to-bed-at-noon, etc. The name is extended also to the other species of the genus, as A. ten ella, the bog-pimpernel, and A. cœrulea (A. Monelli), the Italian or blue pimpernel, a garden species from southern Europe, with large flowers, deep-blue shaded with pink. See cut under
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- 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
- From Anglo-Norman pimpernele et al., Middle French pimpinelle ("burnet saxifrage") et al., from Late Latin pipinella, of disputed origin. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“For instance, the pimpernel, which is a very common flower, shnts itself up extremely close against rainy weather.”
“There, visitors can learn about the organic farming process firsthand, as well as enjoy olfactory heaven with a tour of the Czech gardens, where they can find wild herbs and flowers such as pimpernel, marsh pea, cuckoo flower, moon daisy, wild thyme, silvery cinquefoil and primrose, among many others.”
“The little scarlet pimpernel also makes the same weather forecast, which earned it the nickname "poor man's weather glass".”
“We carried on down to Elloughton, with the tiny scarlet pimpernel sparkling as the sun came through.”
“Poor Mr. McCabe is not allowed to retain even the tiniest imp, though it might be hiding in a pimpernel.”
“There was also an interesting parallel discussion about shorthand, perhaps the most contentious of the NCTJ's modules, and another about media law teaching being essential (with sensible comments from pimpernel, theorangemonkey, guidefriday, DavidHolmes and globalnomad).”
“February 15th, 2008 5: 40pm well said Ravi - the scarlet pimpernel AKA field will probably migrate to another page now to continue with his nonsense”
“Having posted this in the * muliculural creeps*section it seems necessary to put it here also as the scarlet pimpernel AKA field posts his nonsence everywhere.”
“Rare plants that occur or that have occurred here include heart leaf plantain, estuary beggar ticks, golden club, ovate spikerush, Parker's pipewort, Nuttall's micranthemum, Eaton's burmarigold, false pimpernel, winged monkey flower and swamp lousewort.”
“Or, pimpernel, and Egyptian alum roasted, and sprinkle on them the Orchomenian powder.”
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