• synonyms


  1. primrose(def 1).
Show More

Origin of primula

1745–55; < Medieval Latin prīmula, short for prīmula vēris, literally, first (flower) of spring. See prime, -ule
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for primula

Historical Examples of primula

  • I send by this post a paper on Primula, which may interest you.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II

    Charles Darwin

  • I should like to hear your case of the Primula: is it certainly propagated by seed?

  • If you can answer this I should be glad; it bears on my Primula work.

  • Cases in point are those of the primula flowers and the Andalusian fowls.


    Reginald Crundall Punnett

  • In more sunny places a Primula and Androsace were in full flower.

British Dictionary definitions for primula


  1. 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
Show More

Word Origin for primula

C18: New Latin, from Medieval Latin prīmula (vēris) little first one (of the spring)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012