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eyebright

[ahy-brahyt] /ˈaɪˌbraɪt/
noun
1.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Euphrasia, of the figwort family, as E. officinalis of Europe, formerly used for treating diseases of the eye.
2.
the scarlet pimpernel.
See under pimpernel.
Origin of eyebright
1525-1535
1525-35; eye + bright
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  • Very slowly and unwillingly eyebright sat down to darn her frock.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • "I'll tell the first," said eyebright, always ready to take the lead.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • eyebright spent what was left of her money in buying a new mop-handle as a present for Wealthy, who wanted one, she knew.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • The one on the left-hand side of the chimney-piece was eyebright's special cupboard.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • eyebright's face was very sober, and there were traces of tears on her cheeks.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • eyebright sat on the door-steps and watched him ride down the street.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • The flowers of the eyebright grow in clusters of four to six at the end of the main stem.

  • "I can't be any quicker when I have to keep going for more things," said eyebright.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • Once sure that it had turned and was going down, eyebright felt easier, and could even enjoy herself again.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • Before she could speak, eyebright's arms were round her neck.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for eyebright

eyebright

/ˈaɪˌbraɪt/
noun
1.
any scrophulariaceous annual plant of the genus Euphrasia, esp E. nemorosa, having small white-and-purple two-lipped flowers: formerly used in the treatment of eye disorders Also called euphrasy
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