[ber-net, bur-nit]
any of several plants belonging to the genera Sanguisorba and Poterium, of the rose family, having pinnate leaves and dense heads of small flowers.

1225–75; Middle English < Middle French burnete, variant of brunete (see brunet); so called from its hue

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[ber-net, bur-nit]
Sir (Frank) Macfarlane [muhk-fahr-luhn] , 1899–1985, Australian physician: Nobel Prize in Physiology 1960.
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burnet (ˈbɜːnɪt)
1.  a plant of the rosaceous genus Sanguisorba (or Poterium), such as S. minor (or P. sanguisorba) (salad burnet), which has purple-tinged green flowers and leaves that are sometimes used for salads
2.  burnet rose, Scotch rose a very prickly Eurasian rose, Rosa pimpinellifolia, with white flowers and purplish-black fruits
3.  burnet saxifrage a Eurasian umbelliferous plant of the genus Pimpinella, having umbrella-like clusters of white or pink flowers
4.  a moth of the genus Zygaena, having red-spotted dark green wings and antennae with enlarged tips: family Zygaenidae
[C14: from Old French burnete, variant of brunete dark brown (see brunette); so called from the colour of the flowers of some of the plants]

Burnet (bəˈnɛt, ˈbɜːnɪt)
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 (məkˈfɑːlən). 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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Burnet Bur·net (bər-nět', bûr'nĭt), Sir (Frank) Macfarlane. 1899-1985.

Australian virologist. He shared a 1960 Nobel Prize for his work on acquired immunological tolerance.

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any hardy, perennial, herbaceous (i.e., nonwoody) plant of the genus Sanguisorba (also called Poterium), within the rose family (Rosaceae). About 35 species are known, all occurring in the North Temperate Zone. Sanguisorba species are not widely cultivated. The alternate, pinnately compound (feather-formed) leaves of some species-e.g., S. minor (or P. sanguisorba)-are sometimes eaten in salads or used as an ingredient in French fines herbes. The small flowers lack petals and are crowded into a dense head or spike. The dried leaves are also used to make tea

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The plants are also often crawling with the caterpillars of the burnet moth, which also contain a toxic dose of cyanide.
Burnet is served by the burnet consolidated independent school district.
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