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pimpernel Syllabification: pim·per·nel
Pronunciation: /ˈpimpərˌnel/ /-pərnəl/

Definition of pimpernel in English:


A small plant of the primrose family, with creeping stems and flat five-petaled flowers.
Example sentences
  • As well as being a home to wildlife, it also has pockets of enchanted nightshade, yellow pimpernel and oak fern.
  • A rich diversity of plants thrive in the wet conditions at Greena Moor including bog pimpernel, marsh violet, saw-wort and abundant meadow thistle and devil's-bit scabious.
  • Primroses grew in the grass around it and a small red flower that I thought must be pimpernel.


Late Middle English (denoting the burnet): from Old French pimpernelle, based on Latin piper 'pepper' (because of the resemblance of the burnet's fruit to a peppercorn).

Words that rhyme with pimpernel

pipistrelle • Tricel

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