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[ prim-rohz ]
/ ˈprɪmˌroʊz /


Archibald Philip, 5th Earl of Rosebery. Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of.


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British Dictionary definitions for archibald philip primrose


/ (ˈprɪmˌrəʊz) /


any of various temperate primulaceous plants of the genus Primula, esp P. vulgaris of Europe, which has pale yellow flowers
Also called: primrose yellow a light to moderate yellow, sometimes with a greenish tinge


of, relating to, or abounding in primroses
of the colour primrose
pleasant or gay

Word Origin for primrose

C15: from Old French primerose, from Medieval Latin prīma rosa first rose
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Word Origin and History for archibald philip primrose



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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