Definition of pimpernel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɪmpənel//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪmpərnel//
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a small wild plant with red, white or blue flowers Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French pimpernelle, based on Latin piper ‘pepper’ (because of the resemblance of the plant's fruit to a peppercorn).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pimpernel

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