eyebright

eyebright

[ahy-brahyt]
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:
1525–35; eye + bright

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eyebright (ˈaɪˌbraɪt)
 
n
Also called: euphrasy 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

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