Pimpinella

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Pimpinella anise
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pimpinella A genus of umbelliferous plants of the tribe Ammineæ and subtribe Euammineæ, characterized by the narrow ribs of the fruit, the two-cleft carpophore, and the usually obsolete bracts and calyx-teeth. There are 75 species, widely distributed throughout the northern hemisphere and South Africa, with a few in South America. They are usually smooth perennial herbs, with pinnate or decompound leaves, and compound umbels of white or yellow flowers. For the three most important species, see anise, sweet cumin (under cumin), pimpernel, breakstone, and ninsi.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pimpinella a genus of umbelliferous plants—anise, pimpernel, breakstone
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pimprenelle (It. pimpinella), either a corr. of a L. form bipennula, double-winged, dim. of bi-pennisbis, twice, penna, feather; or from a dim. of L. pampinus, a vine-leaf.