Pimpernel Pim"per*nel, n. [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. [1913 Webster]

{Water pimpernel}. (Bot.) See {Brookweed}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • pimpernel — (n.) c.1400, from O.Fr. pimprenelle, earlier piprenelle (12c.), from M.L. pipinella a medicinal plant, perhaps from *piperinus pepper like (so called because its fruits resemble peppercorns), a derivative of L. piper pepper (see PEPPER (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pimpernel — [pim′pər nel΄, pim′pərnəl] n. [ME pympernelle < OFr piprenelle < LL pimpinella, an herb with medicinal uses, prob. altered < * piperinella, ult. < L piper,PEPPER: its fruit resembles small peppercorns] any of a genus (Anagallis) of… …   English World dictionary

  • pimpernel — /pim peuhr nel , nl/, n. a plant belonging to the genus Anagallis, of the primrose family, esp. A. arvensis (scarlet pimpernel), having scarlet or white flowers that close at the approach of bad weather. [1400 50; late ME pympernele < MF… …   Universalium

  • pimpernel — UK [ˈpɪmpə(r)nel] / US [ˈpɪmpərˌnel] noun [countable] Word forms pimpernel : singular pimpernel plural pimpernels a small wild plant with red flowers …   English dictionary

  • pimpernel — noun Etymology: Middle English pimpernele, from Anglo French, from Late Latin pimpinella, a medicinal herb Date: 14th century any of a genus (Anagallis) of herbs of the primrose family; especially scarlet pimpernel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pimpernel — noun a) Any of various plants, of the genus Anagallis, having small red, white or purple flowers; especially the scarlet pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis. Lined up solidly with the Pimpernels and with the persecuted. Hal Lehrman b) A gallant dashing …   Wiktionary

  • pimpernel — [15] The burnet, a plant of the rose family, has fruit that look like peppercorns. It was therefore termed in Vulgar Latin *piperīnella, a derivative of *piperīnus ‘pepperlike’, which in turn was based on Latin piper ‘pepper’ (source of English… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • pimpernel — [[t]pɪ̱mpə(r)nel[/t]] pimpernels N VAR A pimpernel is a small wild plant that usually has red flowers …   English dictionary

  • pimpernel — [ pɪmpənɛl] noun a low growing plant with bright five petalled flowers. [Anagallis arvensis (scarlet pimpernel) and other species.] Origin ME: from OFr. pimpernelle, based on L. piper pepper …   English new terms dictionary

  • pimpernel — pim•per•nel [[t]ˈpɪm pərˌnɛl, nl[/t]] n. pln 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. • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME… …   From formal English to slang

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