Definition of primeverin
: a crystalline glycoside C20H28O13 that is found in the cowslip (Primula veris) and that on hydrolysis yields primeverose and a derivative of salicylic acid
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of primeverin
International Scientific Vocabulary primever- (from French primevère cowslip, from Old French primevoire, literally, spring, probably short for flour de primevoire spring flower, from flour flower + de of—from Latin, from—+ primevoire —from Late Latin prima vera early spring—) + -in
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up primeverin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).