pimpernel

Definitions

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel to the Rescue painting
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pimpernel any of several plants of the genus Anagallis
    • n pimpernel European garden herb with purple-tinged flowers and leaves that are sometimes used for salads
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a flower called the Scarlet Pimpernel that can forecast the weather. If the flower is closed up, rain is coming and if it is opened up, the day will be sunny. It is a.k.a 'the poor man's weatherglass'
    • n Pimpernel (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pimpernel The garden-burnet, Poterium Sanguisorba.
    • n pimpernel The burnet-saxifrage, Pimpinella Saxifraga.
    • n pimpernel The selfheal, Brunella vulgaris.
    • n pimpernel 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 circumscissile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pimpernel pim′pėr-nel a plant of the primrose family, with reddish flowers—also Poor man's weather-glass, Red chickweed
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
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.

Usage

In literature:

What is the Scarlet Pimpernel, Monsieur?
"The Scarlet Pimpernel" by Baroness Orczy
The wonder were to me if the Scarlet Pimpernel ignored our little King altogether for the sake of his subjects.
"El Dorado" by Baroness Orczy
His failure in bringing that interfering Scarlet Pimpernel to justice and the guillotine had completed Chauvelin's downfall.
"The Elusive Pimpernel" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Little Miss Pimpernell was quite a different sort of body altogether to Miss Spight.
"She and I, Volume 1" by John Conroy Hutcheson
The vicar, naturally, was delighted with my success; and, as for little Miss Pimpernell, she was quite jubilant.
"She and I, Volume 2" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Something ought to account for my pimpernel.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
League of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
The little pimpernel, however, is supposed to be the best barometer.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel, The.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
Stray lumps of coal crush the delicate pimpernel and creeping convolvulus.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
I noticed to-day some pimpernels with their leaves shut, and a field of clover with its stalks all stiff.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
There's a woman living next door, a spinster, answers to the name of Pimpernel.
"The Brain" by Alexander Blade
The walls are damp, the ditches smell; Closed is the pink-eyed pimpernel.
"The Philosophy of the Weather" by Thomas Belden Butler
Primulaceae, to which belongs the Pimpernel, the 'poor man's weather-glass'.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Of course I am not fond of Scotch shepherdesses now, you know, dear; but how should Mrs. Pimpernel know that?
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon
Later the little scarlet pimpernel charmed me.
"Child Life in Prose" by Various
I will not tell you who the Scarlet Pimpernel is.
"Lord Tony's Wife" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
She lightly touches the pimpernels, the crimson and the pink-eyed, and they curl their flower-leaves and sink to rest.
"Kenneth McAlpine" by Gordon Stables
She shrugged her shoulders, laughed, and turned to pick up a scarlet pimpernel.
"The White Peacock" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
COMMON NAMES, Scarlet Pimpernel.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
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In poetry:

First rose the scarlet pimpernel,
With burning purple heart;
I saw it, and I knew right well
The lesson of its art.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
Would I were yonder Cowslip bright,
In open fields to bide,
Or e'en the pretty Pimpernel
That decks the path-way side."
"The Violet" by Caroline Fry
"There is a flower that hears afar
The coming tempest knell,
And folds its tiny leaves in fear,--
The scarlet Pimpernel:
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
And 'twas not long ere one in haste,
With rude and careless bound,
Passed o'er the pretty Pimpernel,
And crush'd it to the ground.
"The Violet" by Caroline Fry
Above the short-grassed downs all broidered over
With scarlet pimpernel, and silver clover,
Like spicy incense quivers the warm air,
With piercing fervid heat,
The noonday sunbeams beat
On the red granite sea-slabs, broad and bare.
"Noonday" by Frances Anne Kemble

In news:

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CenterPoint's 'Scarlet Pimpernel ' largely successful endeavor.
'THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL ' RETURNS.
CenterPoint's ' Scarlet Pimpernel ' largely successful endeavor.
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Murray Arts in the Park.
My favorite play of all time is The Scarlet Pimpernel , so when I heard Murray Arts in the Park was putting it on at the Murray Park Ampitheatre, I jumped at the chance to cover it.
Coward 's spycraft had a Scarlet Pimpernel side.
Viewing posts tagged The scarlet pimpernel.
My favorite play of all time is The Scarlet Pimpernel, so when I heard Murray Arts in the Park was putting it on at the Murray Park Ampitheatre, I jumped at the chance to cover it.
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