primrose ( def 1 ).

1745–55; < Medieval Latin prīmula, short for prīmula vēris, literally, first (flower) of spring. See prime, -ule Unabridged
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primula (ˈprɪmjʊlə)
any primulaceous plant of the N temperate genus Primula, having white, yellow, pink, or purple funnel-shaped flowers with five spreading petals: includes the primrose, oxlip, cowslip, and polyanthus
[C18: New Latin, from Medieval Latin prīmula (vēris) little first one (of the spring)]

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