Origin of burnetMiddle English from Old French burnet, brunet: see brunet
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
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.
burnet - Medical Definition
Sir (Frank) Macfarlane 1899–1985
Australian virologist. He shared a 1960 Nobel Prize for work on acquired immune tolerance, a state of suppressed immunity necessary for organ transplantation.
- The latter work was attacked by Burnet and others, but the author showed himself as keen a controversialist as ever.
- Townsend; Burnet, ed.
- Burnet declares he had little Latin, but he was able to converse with the Dutch ambassador in that language.
- Burnet described him as "the most hated minister that had ever been about the king."
- 'Shaftesbury, doubtless no friendly witness, speaks of him as .an inveterate liar, "proud, ambitious, revengeful, false, prodigal and covetous to the highest degree," 4 and Burnet supports his unfavourable judgment to a great extent.