from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous plants of the genus Primula, having well-developed basal leaves and tubular, variously colored flowers grouped in umbels or heads with a funnel-shaped or salverlike corolla and a tube much longer than the calyx.
- n. An evening primrose.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An early-flowering plant of the genus Primula, with white, red, or yellow flowers.
- n. A plant of the family Primulaceae.
- n. A plant of the genus Oenothera.
- n. Specifically, the species Primula vulgaris.
- n. A flower of a primrose plant.
- n. A light yellow colour.
- adj. Of a light yellow colour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Any plant of the genus Primula.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the primrose; of the color of a primrose; -- hence, flowery; gay.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Primula; especially, a variety of Primula veris, in which the flowers appear as if on separate peduncles, the short common stalk being hidden beneath the base of the leaves.
- n. One of a few other plants with some resemblance to the primrose. See the phrases below.
- n. The first or earliest flower; a spring flower.
- n. Figuratively, the first or choicest; the flower.
- n. In heraldry, a quatrefoil used as a bearing.
- n. A pale and somewhat greenish-yellow color.
- n. A coal-tar color used in dyeing, being the potassium ethyl salt of tetrabrom-fluorescein. It is mostly used in silk-dyeing, producing pinkish-yellow shades.
- Of or belonging to a primrose; specifically, resembling a primrose in color; paleyellow.
- Abounding with primroses; flowery; gay.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous short-stemmed plants of the genus Primula having tufted basal leaves and showy flowers clustered in umbels or heads
Middle English primerose, from Old French, from Medieval Latin prīma rosa, first rose : Latin prīma, feminine of prīmus, first; see prime + Latin rosa, rose.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin primus ("first"), + rose (Wiktionary)