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scarlet pimpernel

noun

Definition of scarlet pimpernel

  1. 1 :  a European pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) naturalized in North America and having scarlet, white, or purplish flowers that close in cloudy weather

  2. 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



1835

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1835


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