Definition of burnet in English:


Syllabification: bur·net
Pronunciation: /bərˈnet, ˈbərnit


  • 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), which is often cultivated, and the spiny shrublike thorny burnet (S. spinosum), common in the eastern Mediterranean
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    • 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 marked with crimson spots.
    • Zygaena and other genera, family Zygaenidae
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    • 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.


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

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