[pim-per-nel, -nl] /ˈpɪm pərˌnɛl, -nl/
a plant belonging to the genus Anagallis, of the primrose family, especially A. arvensis (scarlet pimpernel) having scarlet or white flowers that close at the approach of bad weather.
any of several plants of the primulaceous genus Anagallis, such as the scarlet pimpernel, typically having small star-shaped flowers
any of several similar and related plants, such as Lysimachia nemorum (yellow pimpernel)
c.1400, from Old French pimprenelle, earlier piprenelle (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin pipinella name of a medicinal plant. This is perhaps from *piperinus “pepper-like” (so called because its fruits resemble peppercorns), a derivative of Latin piper “pepper” (see pepper (n.)); or else it is a corruption of bipinnella, from bipennis “two-winged.” The Scarlet Pimpernel was the code name of the hero in an adventure novel of that name published 1905.
adjective very gaudily decorated or customized; flashy; also written pimped out Examples She was pimped-out with all kinds of bling bling. Word Origin 1988 Usage Note slang
[pim-ping] /ˈpɪm pɪŋ/ adjective 1. petty; insignificant; trivial. 2. British Dialect. puny; weak; sickly. [pimp] /pɪmp/ noun 1. a person, especially a man, who solicits customers for a prostitute or a brothel, usually in return for a share of the earnings; pander; procurer. 2. a despicable person. 3. Australia and New Zealand. an informer; stool […]
adjective Stylishly dressed (1980s+ Teenagers)
noun, Metallurgy. 1. a form of copper matte about 80 percent pure, somewhat less refined than blister copper.