primrose

primrose

[prim-rohz]
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Primula, as P. vulgaris (English primrose) of Europe, having yellow flowers, or P. sinensis (Chinese primrose) of China, having flowers in a variety of colors. Compare primrose family.
3.
pale yellow.
adjective
4.
of or pertaining to the primrose.
5.
Also, primrosed. abounding in primroses: a primrose garden.
6.
of a pale yellow.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English primerose < Medieval Latin prīma rosa first rose

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Primrose

[prim-rohz]
noun
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primrose (ˈprɪmˌrəʊz)
 
n
1.  any of various temperate primulaceous plants of the genus Primula, esp P. vulgaris of Europe, which has pale yellow flowers
2.  short for evening primrose
3.  Also called: primrose yellow a light to moderate yellow, sometimes with a greenish tinge
 
adj
4.  of, relating to, or abounding in primroses
5.  of the colour primrose
6.  pleasant or gay
 
[C15: from Old French primerose, from Medieval Latin prīma rosa first rose]

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primrose
1413, primerose, from O.Fr. primerose (12c.), from M.L. prima rosa, lit. "first rose," so called because it blooms early in spring. Parallel name primula (1101) is from O.Fr. primerole, from M.L. primula "primrose," shortened from primula veris "firstling of spring," prop. fem. of L. primulus, dim. of
primus; but primerole was used in O.Fr. and M.E. of other flowers (cowslips, field daisies). The primrose path is from "Hamlet" I, iii.
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