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primavera1

[pree-muh-vair-uh] /ˌpri məˈvɛər ə/
noun
1.
a central American tree, Cybistax donnell-smithii, of the bignonia family, having showy, tubular yellow flowers.
2.
Also called white mahogany. the hard, yellowish-white wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
Origin of primavera1
1890-1895
1890-95; < Spanish: literally, spring; so called from its early flowering; see primaveral

primavera2

[pree-muh-vair-uh; Italian pree-mah-ve-rah] /ˌpri məˈvɛər ə; Italian ˌpri mɑˈvɛ rɑ/
adjective, Italian Cookery.
1.
prepared with a variety of chopped or minced vegetables:
pasta primavera.
Origin
apparently ellipsis from Italian alla primavera in the style of springtime; see primaveral
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Examples from the web for primavera
  • 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
n.

"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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