any of a genus (Sanguisorba) of plants of the rose family, with white, red, purple, or greenish, apetalous flowers in thimble-shaped heads; esp., an herb (S. minor or more recently Poterium sanguisorba) with leaves that are used as in salads, seasonings, and herbal teas
Origin of burnetMiddle English ; from Old French burnet, brunet: see brunet
Any of several perennial plants of the genus Sanguisorba of the rose family, some species of which have edible leaves used in salads or sauces.
Origin of burnetMiddle English, from Medieval Latin burneta, from Old French brunete, dark brown, diminutive of brun, brown, of Germanic origin; see bher-2 in Indo-European roots.
Old French brunet, brunete (“brunette”)