Definition of pimpernel in English:


Line breaks: pim¦per|nel
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪmpənɛl


A small European plant of the primrose family, with creeping stems and flat five-petalled flowers.
  • Genera Anagallis and Lysimachia, family Primulaceae: several species, in particular the scarlet pimpernel
More 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 great burnet and the salad burnet): from Old French pimpernelle, based on Latin piper 'pepper' (because of the resemblance of the burnet's fruit to a peppercorn).

Definition of pimpernel in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day rebuff
Pronunciation: rəˈbəf
reject (someone or something) in an abrupt manner…