Definition of scarlet pimpernel in English:

scarlet pimpernel


  • A small European plant with scarlet flowers that close in rainy or cloudy weather.

    • ‘Flowers, such as cornflowers, scarlet pimpernel and shepherd's needle, used to be a common sight in the county's cornfields 50 years ago, but today many are rare, or even extinct.’
    • ‘The demand for the olive branch, the poppy, the scarlet pimpernel, and seaweed was high and she reproduced these personally meaningful designs over and over again.’

Definition of Scarlet Pimpernel in English:

Scarlet Pimpernel

proper noun

  • The name assumed by the hero of a series of novels by Baroness Orczy. He was an English nobleman who rescued aristocrats during the French Revolution, always avoiding capture.