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 Pink evening primrose, unlike the yellow evening primrose, flowers open in the morning and close at dusk. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 26 Sep. 2023 Celery seed extract helps to improve thickness and reduce the appearance of ridge, meadowfoam seed oil shields against environmental elements, evening primrose oil assists in hydration and healing, chia seed oil, vitamin B3 and zinc help harden nails, and rosehip oil helps strengthen them. Natalie Alcala, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Oct. 2023 This is a milky toner with ingredients focused on brightening and reducing fine lines: hyaluronic acid and evening primrose oil for deep hydration and ferulic acid (a less abrasive retinol alternative) to gently protect against environmental damage. Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 29 Sep. 2023 This formula stands out from the rest with its intricate blend of hyaluronic acid for water absorption, peptides for subtle plumping, and evening primrose and avocado oils to lock in moisture. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 10 Mar. 2023 Bees are particularly attracted to bee balm, echinacea, snapdragon, and hostas, as well as a number of other wildflowers like California poppies and evening primrose. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 28 July 2023 Birch pollen and evening primrose seeds collected from the contaminated areas around Chernobyl have shown improved DNA repair systems since the accident. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 6 July 2023 Mineral-rich sea salt is combined with magnesium to promote muscle relaxation, peptides and hyaluronic acid to soften and hydrate, and a cocktail of floral extracts (things like evening primrose, sacred lotus, and orchid) to nurture skin and turn your evening soak into a multisensorial experience. Brian Underwood, Women's Health, 4 May 2023 The formula includes Avène's signature thermal spring water to reduce itching, as well as evening primrose oil to help rebuild the skin barrier. Shannon Ullman, Health, 5 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1761, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of evening primrose was in 1761

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“Evening primrose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evening%20primrose. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

evening primrose

: a coarse herb that lives two years and produces yellow flowers that open in the evening
: any of several plants related to the evening primrose

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