|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 |
|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)|
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.