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pimpernel:

see primroseprimrose,
common name for the genus Primula of the Primulaceae, a family of low perennial herbs with species found on all continents, most frequently in north temperate regions.
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pimpernel

1. any of several plants of the primulaceous genus Anagallis, such as the scarlet pimpernel, typically having small star-shaped flowers
2. any of several similar and related plants, such as Lysimachia nemorum (yellow pimpernel)
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