burnet, hardy perennial herb of the family Rosaceae ( rose ) found in temperate regions, usually with white or greenish flowers. The European species are sometimes cultivated for the leaves, which are used in salads, for flavoring, and formerly as a poultice to stop bleeding—hence the botanical name Sanguisorba [Lat.,=absorbing blood]. Burnet is classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Rosaceae.
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