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noun Botany.
  1. the outer integument of an ovule.
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Origin of primine

1825–35; < Latin prīm(us) first (see prime) + -ine2
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Historical Examples

  • Within the primine lies the bony crustaceous secundine, which is quite loose, and seems as if it were independent of the primine.

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia

    Thomas Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for primine


  1. botany rare the integument surrounding an ovule or the outer of two such integumentsCompare secundine
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Word Origin

C19: via French from Latin prīmus first
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