macfarlane, sir

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burnet (ˈbɜːnɪt)
 
n
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)
 
n
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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