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.
primrose (plural primroses)
- A flowering plant of the genus Primula.
- A plant of the family Primulaceae.
- A plant of the genus Oenothera, better known as an evening primrose.
- A flower of a primrose plant.
- A light yellow colour.
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- 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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