bur·​net (ˌ)bər-ˈnet How to pronounce burnet (audio)
: any of a genus (Sanguisorba) of herbs of the rose family with odd-pinnate stipulate leaves and spikes of apetalous flowers

Examples of burnet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the perennial herbs that do well here and can be planted now are mints, lemon balm, rosemary, burnet, sorrel, catmint, garlic chives, oregano, thyme, sage, lavender, monarda, catnip, anise hyssop, mountain mint, French bay, pineapple sage and rue. Dan Gill | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, 4 Nov. 2020 By searching the skin of burnet moth caterpillars for genes from the same families, Jensen showed that the insects produce linamarin and lotaustralin using a similar genetic trinity. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 12 Apr. 2011 Meanwhile, Cameli casually forages for wild herbs among the vines, handing us wild mint and salad burnet to taste. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The sale will also feature herb plants to include chamomile, cilantro, dill, parsley, sage, salad burnet and thyme. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2019 Oregano and Cuban oregano grow next to each other alongside a patch of salad burnet. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, 14 Mar. 2018 Burnet opened a fridge in the kitchen area stocked with chef-prepared meals from Origin Meals, an organic food service in Minneapolis that follows the Paleo diet protocol. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, 27 Jan. 2017 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French burnete, from brun brown — more at brunette entry 2

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burnet was in the 14th century

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“Burnet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burnet. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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