primrose


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Primrose \Prim"rose`\, n. [OE. primerole, F. primerole, a
   derivative fr. LL. primula, from L. primus first. See
   Prime, a.] (Bot.)
   (a) An early flowering plant of the genus Primula ({Primula
       vulgaris}) closely allied to the cowslip. There are
       several varieties, as the white-, the red-, the
       yellow-flowered, etc. Formerly called also primerole,
       primerolles.
   (b) Any plant of the genus Primula.
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   Evening primrose, an erect biennial herb ({Enothera
      biennis}), with yellow vespertine flowers, common in the
      United States. The name is sometimes extended to other
      species of the same genus.

   Primrose peerless, the two-flowered Narcissus ({Narcissus
      biflorus}). [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Primrose \Prim"rose`\, a.
   Of or pertaining to the primrose; of the color of a primrose;
   -- hence, flowery; gay. "The primrose path of dalliance."
   --Shak.
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