primavera

adjective
pri·​ma·​vera | \ ˌprē-mə-ˈver-ə How to pronounce primavera (audio) \

Definition of primavera

: served with a mixture of fresh vegetables (such as zucchini, snow peas, and broccoli) usually used postpositively pasta primavera

First Known Use of primavera

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for primavera

borrowed from Italian, short for alla primavera "in the style of springtime"; primavera "spring," going back to Vulgar Latin *prīmavēra, feminine noun derivative (perhaps originally neuter plural), based on Latin prīmō vēre "in the early spring," from prīmō, ablative of prīmus "first, earliest" + vēre, ablative of vēr "spring" — more at prime entry 2, vernal

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“Primavera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primavera. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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