Definition of scarlet pimpernel in US English:

scarlet pimpernel


  • A small plant with scarlet flowers that close in rainy or cloudy weather. Native to Europe, it is also widespread throughout much of North America.

    Anagallis arvensis subsp. arvensis, family Primulaceae

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


scarlet pimpernel

/ˌskärlət ˈpimpərˌnel//ˌskɑrlət ˈpɪmpərˌnɛl/