Weather-glass

(The Peasant's) or “Poor man's warning.” The scarlet pimpernel, which closes its petals at the approach of rain.

Closed is the pink-eyed pimpernel:
`Twill surely rain;
I see with sorrow,
Our jaunt must be put off to-morrow.

Dr. Jenner.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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