scarlet pimpernel
noun Date: 1835 1. a European pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) naturalized in North America and having scarlet, white, or purplish flowers that close in cloudy weather 2. [Scarlet Pimpernel, assumed name of the hero of The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905), novel by Baroness Orczy] a person who rescues others from mortal danger by smuggling them across a border

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  • Scarlet Pimpernel — Scarlet Pim|per|nel, The the main character in the adventure story The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905) by Baroness Orczy. The Scarlet Pimpernel is the name used by Sir Percy Blakeney, an Englishman who uses many clever ↑disguises (=ways of changing your …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Scarlet Pimpernel — The Scarlet Pimpernel ist ein Musical nach dem gleichnamigen Roman von Emmuska Orczy (in der deutschen Übersetzung als Das scharlachrote Siegel erschienen). Die Musik stammt von Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll Hyde), die Texte von Nan Knighton. Die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • scarlet pimpernel — UK [ˌskɑː(r)lət ˈpɪmpə(r)ˌnel] / US [ˌskɑrlət ˈpɪmpərˌnel] noun [countable] Word forms scarlet pimpernel : singular scarlet pimpernel plural scarlet pimpernels a bright red wild flower …   English dictionary

  • scarlet pimpernel — raudonžiedis progailis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Raktažolinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Anagallis arvensis), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Anagallis arvensis angl. bird s eye; common… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Scarlet Pimpernel — a novel (1905) by Baroness Orczy (1865–1947). It is about a group of Englishmen who rescue upper class French people from being killed during the French Revolution. The main character is Sir Percy Blakeney, also known as the Scarlet Pimpernel,… …   Universalium

  • scarlet pimpernel — noun herb with scarlet or white or purple blossoms that close at approach of rainy weather • Syn: ↑red pimpernel, ↑poor man s weatherglass, ↑Anagallis arvensis • Hypernyms: ↑pimpernel …   Useful english dictionary

  • scarlet pimpernel. — See under pimpernel. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • scarlet pimpernel — scar′let pim′pernel n. pln See under pimpernel • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • scarlet pimpernel — /skalət ˈpɪmpənɛl/ (say skahluht pimpuhnel) noun → pimpernel …   Australian English dictionary

  • scarlet pimpernel. — See under pimpernel. [1850 55] …   Useful english dictionary

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