Definitions of primrose
  1. noun
    any of numerous short-stemmed plants of the genus Primula having tufted basal leaves and showy flowers clustered in umbels or heads
    synonyms: primula
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    English primrose, Primula vulgaris
    plant of western and southern Europe widely cultivated for its pale yellow flowers
    Primula veris, cowslip, paigle
    early spring flower common in British isles having fragrant yellow or sometimes purple flowers
    Primula elatior, oxlip, paigle
    Eurasian primrose with yellow flowers clustered in a one-sided umbel
    Chinese primrose, Primula sinensis
    cultivated Asiatic primrose
    Primula auricula, auricula, bear's ear
    yellow-flowered primrose native to Alps; commonly cultivated
    Primula polyantha, polyanthus
    florists' primroses; considered a complex hybrid derived from oxlip, cowslip, and common primrose
    type of:
    herb, herbaceous plant
    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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