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prim·u·la

 (prĭm′yə-lə)
n.

[Short for Medieval Latin prīmula vēris, cowslip, primrose (literally, "little first one of spring") : Latin prīmula, little first one (from feminine of prīmulus, diminutive of prīmus, first; see prime) + Latin vēris, genitive of vēr, spring.]

primula

(ˈprɪmjʊlə)
n
(Plants) any primulaceous plant of the N temperate genus Primula, having white, yellow, pink, or purple funnel-shaped flowers with five spreading petals: includes the primrose, oxlip, cowslip, and polyanthus
[C18: New Latin, from Medieval Latin prīmula (vēris) little first one (of the spring)]
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Noun1.primula - any of numerous short-stemmed plants of the genus Primula having tufted basal leaves and showy flowers clustered in umbels or headsprimula - any of numerous short-stemmed plants of the genus Primula having tufted basal leaves and showy flowers clustered in umbels or heads
genus Primula - very large and important genus of plants of temperate Europe and Asia having showy flowers
English primrose, Primula vulgaris - plant of western and southern Europe widely cultivated for its pale yellow flowers
cowslip, Primula veris, paigle - early spring flower common in British isles having fragrant yellow or sometimes purple flowers
oxlip, paigle, Primula elatior - Eurasian primrose with yellow flowers clustered in a one-sided umbel
Chinese primrose, Primula sinensis - cultivated Asiatic primrose
auricula, bear's ear, Primula auricula - yellow-flowered primrose native to Alps; commonly cultivated
polyanthus, Primula polyantha - florists' primroses; considered a complex hybrid derived from oxlip, cowslip, and common primrose
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Translations

primula

[ˈprɪmjʊlə] N (Bot) → prímula f

primula

[ˈprɪmjʊlə] n (= flower) → primevère f

primula

nPrimel f

primula

[ˈprɪmjʊlə] n (Bot) → primula
References in classic literature ?
A gilt bamboo jardiniere, in which the primulas and cinerarias were punctually renewed, blocked the access to the bay window (where the old- fashioned would have preferred a bronze reduction of the Venus of Milo); the sofas and arm-chairs of pale brocade were cleverly grouped about little plush tables densely covered with silver toys, porcelain animals and efflorescent photograph frames; and tall rosy-shaded lamps shot up like tropical flowers among the palms.
Originating from China, the brightly coloured Primula Candelabra has flower stems up to 60cm (2ft) tall and blooms a little later than other Primulas, flowering from May to July.
And candelabra primulas are also bursting with colour in early summer, in a vast range of colours.
Primulas - the genus of which polyanthus primroses are part - make excellent ground cover although some might quarrel with my definition, preferring to describe the swathes of colour propping up our gardens in spring as under-planting.
At this time of year, primulas and winter pansies will look great.
Whilst I was putting things in order, my mother and my young daughter were both in the garden, re-potting and filling old baskets and pots with lovely colourful primulas to be placed around the yard at a later date.
The unusual and attractive pattern was first noticed among a crop of blue picotee primulas and breeders at Mr Fothergill's have spent years perfecting it.
8 Lift and divide any primulas that have finished flowering, such as primula denticulata or Wanda.
PLANT OF THE WEEK - Primula COMMON primroses, as primulas are also known, are among the first wild flowers to come out in spring, providing a carpet of
I've risked my neck in Himalayan gorges to get a glimpse of primulas that can't hold a candle to this.
There are few plants that shout springtime than primulas.