evening primrose

noun

Definition of evening primrose

: any of several dicotyledonous plants of a family (Onagraceae, the evening-primrose family) and especially of the type genus (Oenothera) especially : a coarse biennial herb (O. biennis) of North America with yellow flowers that open in the evening

Examples of evening primrose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mustard evening primrose and phacelia might make an appearance. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona wildflowers 2021: See the desert bloom on these hikes and scenic drives," 19 Feb. 2021 Formulated with avocado fruit extract and evening primrose oil, this luxurious mask aims to keep your skin soft and supple. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The best Black Friday 2020 deals at Macy's right now," 28 Nov. 2020 Bats, which are nocturnal (awake at night), are drawn to fragrant plants that bloom after sunset, such as moonflowers and evening primrose. Washington Post, "At bats head for hibernation, plan for a habitat upgrade," 24 Nov. 2020 Filled with algae extracts, retinol, natural sources of vitamin A, brown seaweed, evening primrose oil, and fermented green tea, this oil will lessen the appearance of wrinkles and protect the skin’s barrier from harsh environmental stressors. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "15 of the Best Retinol Serums and Creams That Will Transform Your Skin," 14 Oct. 2020 Goldenrod, native willows, asters, sunflowers, evening primrose and violets are among the plants that support beleaguered native bees. Matthew Cicanese And Erika Reiter, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet the Ecologist Who Wants You to Unleash the Wild on Your Backyard," 10 Apr. 2020 To wit: after dark, the fragrance of night-blooming cereus and evening primrose dance with the aromas of acacia, creosote bush, mesquite, and chia to create the most inebriating olfactory cocktail. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Relieve Stress with Visits to These Fragrant Places, from Lavender Farms to Redwood Groves," 17 Jan. 2020 To wit: after dark, the fragrance of night-blooming cereus and evening primrose dance with the aromas of acacia, creosote bush, mesquite, and chia to create the most inebriating olfactory cocktail. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Relieve Stress with Visits to These Fragrant Places, from Lavender Farms to Redwood Groves," 17 Jan. 2020 To wit: after dark, the fragrance of night-blooming cereus and evening primrose dance with the aromas of acacia, creosote bush, mesquite, and chia to create the most inebriating olfactory cocktail. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Relieve Stress with Visits to These Fragrant Places, from Lavender Farms to Redwood Groves," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of evening primrose

1761, in the meaning defined above

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7 Mar 2021

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“Evening primrose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evening%20primrose. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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