Definition of burnet in English:

burnet

Line breaks: bur¦net
Pronunciation: /ˈbəːnɪt
 
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noun

1A herbaceous plant of the rose family, with globular pinkish flower heads and leaves composed of many small leaflets.
  • Genus Sanguisorba, family Rosaceae: several species, including the edible salad burnet (S. minor), and the spiny shrub-like thorny burnet (S. spinosum) of the eastern Mediterranean
More example sentences
  • I use thyme, sage, rosemary, chives, basil, dill, sorrel, salad burnet, chervil, oregano and mint as well as parsley.
  • Some of our favorites are the long, skinny French radishes, French purslane, arugula, mache, salad burnet, lemon verbena, leeks and, of course, all kinds of tomatoes.
  • There is always room to include Italian and curly parsley, sorrel, salad burnet, mustard, chard, and kale greens.
2A day-flying moth that typically has greenish-black wings with crimson markings.
  • Zygaena and other genera, family Zygaenidae
More example sentences
  • A handful of the first Burnet Moths of the year were seen on Lancing Ring meadows and around the dewpond.
  • The six-spot burnet moth is brightly coloured and is active by day.
  • In June the Burnet moths begin to emerge.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a kind of dark brown woollen cloth): from Old French brunete, burnete (denoting brown cloth or a plant with brown flowers), diminutives of brun 'brown'.

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