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burnet

burnet, hardy perennial herb of the family Rosaceae (rose) found in temperate regions, usually with white or greenish flowers. The European species are sometimes cultivated for the leaves, which are used in salads, for flavoring, and formerly as a poultice to stop bleeding—hence the botanical name Sanguisorba [Lat.,=absorbing blood]. Burnet is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Rosaceae.
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Burnet

1. Gilbert. 1643--1715, Scottish bishop and historian, who played a prominent role in the Glorious Revolution (1688--89); author of The History of My Own Times (2 vols: 1724 and 1734)
2. Sir (Frank) Macfarlane . 1899--1985, Australian physician and virologist, who shared a Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1960 with P B Medawar for their work in immunology
3. Thomas. 1635--1715, English theologian who tried to reconcile science and religion in his Sacred theory of the Earth (1680--89)
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Burnets are especially dramatic when planted in a mass.
Thousands of six-spot burnet moths, pictured, have turned nature reserve Saltholme's meadow into a carpet of black and red as they wake from their long hibernation as caterpillars.