from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of a group of hybrid garden primroses having clusters of variously colored flowers.
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- noun botany The
oxlip, Primula elatior, so called because the pedunclebears a many-flowered umbel.
- noun A
bulbousflowering plantof the genus Narcissus.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
It was driven by his gardener, and filled to overflowing with azaleas and polyanthus, and great bunches of irises and tulips and freesias.
I think I now have _two_ wicked hummingbirds; certainly, there was a hummer every time I turned round, it seemed, even on my deck checking out the polyanthus.
She became conscious that the long grass was drenched and her shoes and stockings wet through; there was light enough to see in that grass the stars of jonquil, grape hyacinth and the pale cast-out tulips; there would be polyanthus, too, bluebells and cowslips — a few.
English spring, when celandines open their yellow under the hedges, and violets are in the secret, and by the broad paths of the garden polyanthus and crocuses vary the velvet and flame, and bits of yellow wallflower shake raggedly, with a wonderful triumphance, out of the cracks of the wall.
After I had observed every flower, and listened to a disquisition on every plant, I was permitted to depart; but first, with great pomp, he plucked a polyanthus and presented it to me, as one conferring a prodigious favour.
There were pale yellow polyanthus, and blue forget-me-nots coming into flower round the edge: and all the centre was filled with pansies.
She took a big patch and sowed many packets of seeds there She bought little plants too, gay double daisies, velvet pansies and pretty polyanthus to make the borders of her patch gay.
Then I count three, and if any of you can guess the word during that time we shall all start together for the nearest polyanthus, and when we reach it call 'polyanthus.'
And there have been more black beetles in Vendale since than ever were known before; all, of course, owing to Tom's having blacked the original papa of them all, just as he was setting off to be married, with a sky-blue coat and scarlet leggings, as smart as a gardener's dog with a polyanthus in his mouth.
They are, however, very distinct on the one hand from the primrose (_Primula vulgaris_ or _acaulis_) and polyanthus