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n. pl. pol·y·an·thus·es
Any of a group of hybrid garden primroses having clusters of variously colored flowers.

[New Latin, from Greek poluanthos, having many flowers : polu-, poly- + anthos, flower.]


n, pl -thuses or -thi (-θaɪ)
1. (Plants) any of several hybrid garden primroses, esp Primula polyantha, which has brightly coloured flowers
2. (Plants) polyanthus narcissus a Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus tazetta, having clusters of small yellow or white fragrant flowers
[C18: New Latin, Greek: having many flowers]


(ˌpɒl iˈæn θəs)

n., pl. -thus•es.
1. any of various many-flowered primroses.
2. a narcissus, Narcissus tazetta, having small white or yellow flowers.
[1620–30; < New Latin < Greek polýanthos having many flowers. See poly-, -anthous]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polyanthus - florists' primrosespolyanthus - florists' primroses; considered a complex hybrid derived from oxlip, cowslip, and common primrose
primrose, primula - any of numerous short-stemmed plants of the genus Primula having tufted basal leaves and showy flowers clustered in umbels or heads


[ˌpɒlɪˈænθəs] Nprímula f, primavera f, hierba f de San Pablo mayor


n (= primrose)Gartenprimel f; (= narcissus)Tazette f
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After I had observed every flower, and listened to a disquisition on every plant, I was permitted to depart; but first, with great pomp, he plucked a polyanthus and presented it to me, as one conferring a prodigious favour.
plan | for next spring - now's the time to start sowing seeds of Bellis perennis, polyanthus, pansies and wallflowers so they will be in flower to brighten up the garden in late winter/early spring.
Andy Talbot, from Coventry BID, added: "The bulk of the plants are vividly coloured polyanthus, which will come up year after year if well looked after.
Polyanthus, a good winter bedding plant, and cyclamen also work well.
The flowers, including jasmine, lilies, polyanthus, tuberose, have been procured from different places in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
What I also know is that such perennials as polyanthus, pansies, primula etc are not frost tender and it's these which are thrown onto the compost heaps.
Our native primrose has been used to parent an astonishing range of polyanthus and primulas of every shape, size and colour
Tidy plants in winter containers, cutting off the yellowing leaves of polyanthus and primroses, and removing dead flowers using a pair of scissors.
FAVOURITE spring flowers like wallflowers, foxgloves, polyanthus, Canterbury bells, forget-me-nots, ornamental kale and Brompton stocks are biennials, with a two years life cycle.
Polyanthus are being planted, these are always a promise of brighter times ahead.
If it's not too frosty, lift and divide large clumps of polyanthus.