prim·​rose | \ ˈprim-ˌrōz How to pronounce primrose (audio) \

Definition of primrose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a genus (Primula of the family Primulaceae, the primrose family) of perennial herbs with large tufted basal leaves and showy variously colored flowers — compare evening primrose


biographical name

Definition of Primrose (Entry 2 of 2)

Archibald Philip — see rosebery

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The small bed has a butterfly bush, which really does attract butterflies, and lilies and primroses are nestled around an angel statue in the center. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This idyllic English garden is hiding in plain sight in Old Louisville," 7 June 2018 These single-hook lures all come through thick grass, pads and primrose without hanging, and big bass love them. Joe Songer,, "See video of a turkey hunter calling up a bobcat," 30 Apr. 2018 Bluebonnets, poppies, coreopsis, phlox, winecups and primrose are obvious. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "What’s blooming in S.A. gardens now in April," 20 Apr. 2018 The queen, wearing an electric blue coat and hat trimmed in black fur and holding a nosegay of daffodils, primroses, freesias, rosemary, thyme and ivy leaves, gave each recipient a red and a white purse. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Philip skips annual pre-Easter service with queen, sparks health worries," 29 Mar. 2018 At the garden center, select some pansies, violas, forced bulbs, primroses, ranunculus, snapdragons or any other cool-season plants. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: A Goodwill find makes a perfect spring basket," 23 Mar. 2018 Easter plants range in price from $4 to $15 and include lilies, daffodils, hyacinths, hydrangeas, shamrocks, geraniums, tulips, primroses and pansies. Carol Kovach,, "Lakewood Historical Society to get a new home: A Place in the Sun," 20 Mar. 2018 Visitors to Anza-Borrego should be able to hike to their favorite places and enjoy isolated pockets of flowers where rainfall was a bit more plentiful, and there may be areas where the sand is carpeted with dune primrose or desert lilies. Ernie Cowan Outdoors,, "Don’t expect epic bloom this season, but visit to desert still in order," 29 Jan. 2018 Pollinator plants like crocus, primrose and snowdrops will bloom even when snow is on the ground. Dean Fosick, Houston Chronicle, "Winter-blooming plants help bees over winter in your yard," 29 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of primrose


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for primrose


Middle English primerose, from Anglo-French, from prime first + rose rose — more at prime, rose

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The first known use of primrose was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of primrose

: a small plant with flowers that are usually a pale yellow color


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Kids Definition of primrose

: a small plant with large leaves and showy often yellow or pink flowers

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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