pimpernel

noun
pim·​per·​nel | \ ˈpim-pər-ˌnel How to pronounce pimpernel (audio) , -pər-nəl \

Definition of pimpernel

: any of a genus (Anagallis) of herbs of the primrose family especially : scarlet pimpernel

First Known Use of pimpernel

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pimpernel

Middle English pimpernele, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin pimpinella, a medicinal herb

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“Pimpernel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pimpernel. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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