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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.
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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  • The lids are strainers and everything is color coded so you won't mix up your pasta primavera with your pals.
  • Menu items include spaghetti and meatballs, tortellini primavera and make-your-own pizzas or calzones.
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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Encyclopedia Article for primavera

(species Cybistax donnel-smithii), timber tree of Central America with brilliant yellow flowers, or its firm light wood, often called white mahogany. Although the tree is unrelated to true mahogany, the wood resembles it in being easy to work, lustrous, and free of tendency to warp. When first cut, it is a pale yellow; upon exposure to air and light it darkens to a yellowish rose with streaks of red, orange, and brown. Primavera is used, either in thin lumber or veneer form, for special effects in paneling and cabinetmaking.

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