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primrose

[prim-rohz] /ˈprɪmˌroʊz/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English primerose < Medieval Latin prīma rosa first rose

Primrose

[prim-rohz] /ˈprɪmˌroʊz/
noun
1.
Archibald Philip, 5th Earl of Rosebery, Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of.
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British Dictionary definitions for prim-rose

primrose

/ˈprɪmˌrəʊz/
noun
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
adjective
4.
of, relating to, or abounding in primroses
5.
of the colour primrose
6.
pleasant or gay
Word Origin
C15: from Old French primerose, from Medieval Latin prīma rosa first rose
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Word Origin and History for prim-rose

primrose

n.

late 14c., prymrose, from Old French primerose, primerole (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin prima rosa, literally "first rose," so called because it blooms early in spring (see prime (adj.)). As the name of a pale yellow color, by 1844.

Parallel name primula (c.1100) is from Old French primerole, from Medieval Latin primula "primrose," shortened from primula veris "firstling of spring," thus properly fem. of Latin primulus, diminutive of primus; but primerole was used in Old French and Middle English of other flowers (cowslips, field daisies). The primrose path is from "Hamlet" I, iii.

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