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primrose

[ prim-rohz ]
/ ˈprɪmˌroʊz /
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noun

any plant of the genus Primula, as P. vulgaris (English primrose), of Europe, having yellow flowers, or P. sinensis (Chinese primrose), of China, having flowers in a variety of colors.Compare primrose family.
pale yellow.

adjective

of or relating to the primrose.
Also prim·rosed. abounding in primroses: a primrose garden.
of a pale yellow.

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primordial, primordial ovarian follicle, primordial soup, primordium, primp, primrose, primrose family, primrose jasmine, primrose path, primrose yellow, primsie

Origin of primrose

1375–1425; late Middle English primerose < Medieval Latin prīma rosa first rose

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Primrose

[ prim-rohz ]
/ ˈprɪmˌroʊz /

noun

Archibald Philip, 5th Earl of Rosebery. Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of.
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British Dictionary definitions for primrose

primrose

/ (ˈprɪmˌrəʊz) /

noun

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

adjective

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 primrose

primrose


n.

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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