primrose

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a primrose (Primula veris)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English primerose, from Old French primerose, from Medieval Latin prima (first) + rosa (rose). The reason it was called this might be that some primroses are among the first flowers to bloom in the spring.

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primrose (plural primroses)

  1. A flowering plant of the genus Primula.
    1. Specifically, the species Primula acaulis (syn. Primula vulgaris), also called common primrose.
  2. A plant of the family Primulaceae.
  3. A plant of the genus Oenothera, better known as an evening primrose.
  4. A flower of a primrose plant.
  5. A light yellow colour.
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primrose (comparative more primrose, superlative most primrose)

  1. Of a light yellow colour.
    • 1961 February, “New "Mini-Buffets" from Wolverton”, in Trains Illustrated, page 79:
      Passenger saloons are tastefully furnished with wood veneer and partitions, mottled grey Vyanide walls, pale primrose ceilings and grey floor.

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primrose (third-person singular simple present primroses, present participle primrosing, simple past and past participle primrosed)

  1. (intransitive) To pick primroses.
    We went primrosing on Sunday and returned with a full basket.

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