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[pree-muh-vair-uh] /ˌpri məˈvɛər ə/
a central American tree, Cybistax donnell-smithii, of the bignonia family, having showy, tubular yellow flowers.
Also called white mahogany. the hard, yellowish-white wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
Origin of primavera1
1890-95; < Spanish: literally, spring; so called from its early flowering; see primaveral


[pree-muh-vair-uh; Italian pree-mah-ve-rah] /ˌpri məˈvɛər ə; Italian ˌpri mɑˈvɛ rɑ/
adjective, Italian Cookery.
prepared with a variety of chopped or minced vegetables:
pasta primavera.
apparently ellipsis from Italian alla primavera in the style of springtime; see primaveral Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is a hunter who informs the father of the love of his daughter and the count in one of the romances, primavera, II, 362.

  • Has he not spoken of the festas and the jousts, and the rare encounters that in Naples greeted primavera?

  • It is primavera—the primavera of the Italy of Parma violets and lush red roses.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
  • Another bird, the primavera, seems to be like our mockingbird, imitating the notes and cries of many other birds and animals.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • He stopped, his hand on the trunk of a primavera tree and waited for the man to approach.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • primavera concluded the tour of inspection, and by some primavera herself was thought to be not unlike Jenny.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • "primavera, for instance," Wedderburn suggested, and Michael's heart beat in sympathy.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • So when he was asked for a name for the new street he replied gallantly, 'primavera, of course, for Mi primavera.'

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • The primavera or “spring fabric” was so named from the flowers which adorned it.

  • She reminded him, even more than was usual, of the faces of some of the women created by the painter of the primavera.'

    Swann's Way Marcel Proust
Word Origin and History for primavera

"spring, spring time," Italian, from Latin prima vera, plural of primus ver literally "first spring;" see prime (adj.) + vernal. Related: Primaveral.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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