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primula

[ prim-yuh-luh ]

primula

/ ˈprɪmjʊlə /

noun

  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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of primula1

1745–55; < Medieval Latin prīmula, short for prīmula vēris, literally, first (flower) of spring. See prime, -ule

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Word History and Origins

Origin of primula1

C18: New Latin, from Medieval Latin prīmula ( vēris ) little first one (of the spring)

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Example Sentences

Primula, prim′ū-la, n. the genus of plants to which the primrose belongs.

The cowslip primrose (Primula veris) is also a native of England.

If you can remember it, thank Bentham for getting my Primula paper printed so quickly.

Have any of the forms of Primula, which are non-dimorphic, been propagated for some little time by seed in garden?

Perhaps I have blundered about Primula; but certainly not about mere protrusion of pollen-tubes.

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