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1A herbaceous plant of the rose family, with globular pinkish flower heads and leaves composed of many small leaflets.
- ‘Species present include great burnet, meadowsweet, greater spearwort, tubular water-dropwort and pepper-saxifrage.’
- ‘On his menu you might find scallops with lemon verbena infused oil, Brie flavored with burnet, potato and chive griddle cakes and peach cobbler sweetened with stevia.’
- ‘There is always room to include Italian and curly parsley, sorrel, salad burnet, mustard, chard, and kale greens.’
- ‘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.’
2A day-flying moth that typically has greenish-black wings with crimson markings.
- ‘In June the Burnet moths begin to emerge.’
- ‘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.’
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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