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  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.
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Origin of primavera

1890–95; < Spanish: literally, spring; so called from its early flowering; see primaveral


[pree-muh-vair-uh; Italian pree-mah-ve-rah]
adjective Italian Cookery.
  1. prepared with a variety of chopped or minced vegetables: pasta primavera.
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Origin of primavera

apparently ellipsis from Italian alla primavera in the style of springtime; see primaveral
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Examples from the Web for primavera

Historical Examples of primavera

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

    Dust of New York

    Konrad Bercovici

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

  • 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.

  • He stopped, his hand on the trunk of a primavera tree and waited for the man to approach.

    When the Owl Cries

    Paul Bartlett

  • The primavera or “spring fabric” was so named from the flowers which adorned it.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper