primrose

Definitions

  • Portrait of Sybil Primrose
    Portrait of Sybil Primrose
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n primrose any of numerous short-stemmed plants of the genus Primula having tufted basal leaves and showy flowers clustered in umbels or heads
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Primrose (Bot) An early flowering plant of the genus Primula Primula vulgaris) closely allied to the cowslip. There are several varieties, as the white-, the red-, the yellow-flowered, etc. Formerly called also primerole primerolles.
    • a Primrose Of or pertaining to the primrose; of the color of a primrose; -- hence, flowery; gay. "The primrose path of dalliance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n primrose A plant of the genus Primula; especially, a variety of Primula veris, in which the flowers appear as if on separate peduncles, the short common stalk being hidden beneath the base of the leaves. Several of the best-known species and varieties, however, have independent names, as auricula, cowslip, oxlip, and polyanthus. See cut under Primula. See also the phrases below.
    • n primrose One of a few other plants with some resemblance to the primrose. See the phrases below.
    • n primrose The first or earliest flower; a spring flower.
    • n primrose Figuratively, the first or choicest; the flower.
    • n primrose In heraldry, a quatrefoil used as a bearing.
    • n primrose A pale and somewhat greenish-yellow color.
    • n primrose A coal-tar color used in dyeing, being the potassium ethyl salt of tetrabrom-fluorescein. It is mostly used in silk-dyeing, producing pinkish-yellow shades.
    • primrose Of or belonging to a primrose; specifically, resembling a primrose in color; paleyellow.
    • primrose Abounding with primroses; flowery; gay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Primrose prim′rōz an early spring flower common in woods and meadows: a plant of the genus Primula:
    • adj Primrose resembling a primrose in colour: flowery, gay
    • n Primrose prim′rōz (Spens.) the first or earliest flower, the first or choicest
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Idioms

Primrose path - The primrose path is an easy and pleasurable lifestyle, but one that ends in unpleasantness and problems.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. primerole, F. primerole, a derivative fr. LL. primula, from L. primus, first. See Prime (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prime rose—as if L. prima rosa; really through O. Fr. primerole and Low L. dim. forms from L. primus.

Usage

In literature:

Why, we pulled primroses together in the very meadow Steve thought of building in!
"The Squire of Sandal-Side" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I went to a Primrose meeting once and the experience was not so happy as to make me wish to try it again.
"Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl" by Jenny Wren
The street we had left was called Rosemary Street, and this was Primrose Place.
"Melchior's Dream and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
The Primrose of the Rock *173.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Nature has marked out the path for us beforehand; there are snares in it, but also primroses, and it leads to peace.
"Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy" by George Santayana
Her modest looks the cottage might adorn, Sweet as the primrose peeps beneath the thorn.
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
Springs to be, and springs for me Of distant dim primroses.
"The World's Best Poetry, Volume 3" by Various
Shallow dishes of orange and emerald green and bright pink and primrose and black and vivid blue.
"Greenwich Village" by Anna Alice Chapin
INESON, C., 20 Primrose Lane, off Burton Rd., Leeds.
"Through Palestine with the 20th Machine Gun Squadron" by Unknown
We rejoice in the growth of the year; Gabriel longs for the first primrose.
"The Wings of Icarus" by Laurence Alma Tadema
A primrose, when you first see it, is just a little yellow spot.
"The Book of Art for Young People" by Agnes Conway
The snowdrop may very well come after the primrose in this song, which altogether ignores the process of the seasons.
"Adventures in Criticism" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Pretty things those primroses.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
For a few moments, they kept well concealed on a side street, out of sight of Primrose Court.
"Maida's Little Shop" by Inez Haynes Irwin
She scrambled to the bank, however, made up a charming bunch of primroses, and turned to go home.
"Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
The subject of the primrose gown was shelved safely.
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
Then, with one swift movement, she was suddenly kneeling and tearing to pieces two or three primroses in succession.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
And Natty won't go to oblivion quicker Than Adams the parson or Primrose the vicar.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
The primrose and harebell appear with the spring, But tidings of summer the young roses bring.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume III" by Various
I got off the bus on Sheridan Road, at the entrance to Primrose Meadows.
"Murder at Bridge" by Anne Austin
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In poetry:

While the lamp's beam
Primrose golden
Now is like a shifting spear
Borne in battle,
Seen awhile then hidden,
Bold then beaten--now long lost, and here!
"Nightfall" by John Freeman
I cannot see fairies.
I dream them.
There is no fairy can hide from me;
I keep on dreaming till I find him:
There you are, Primrose! I see you, Black Wing!
"Fairies" by Hilda Conkling
Thou dost heaven-ward tend, aspiring high,
To kiss the stars in the vaulted sky,
And they look down from the azure blue,
My sweet primrose--they are smiling, too.
"My Primrose" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Smit with sting of his archery,
Hardest ashes and oaks
Burn at the root below:
Primrose, violet, daffodil,
Start like blood where the shafts
Light from his golden bow.
"The Invasion" by Sir Henry Newbolt
A golden primrose in the rain
Out of the green did grow--
Ah! sweet of life in Winter's wane
When airs of April blow!--
Then drifted with the changing strain
Into a dream of snow.
"I Heard A Music Sweet To-day" by Thomas MacDonagh
Then the windflower looked through the crumbling mould,
And the celandine opened its eyes of gold,
And the primrose sallied from chestnut shade,
And carried the common and stormed the glade.
"The Passing Of Spring" by Alfred Austin

In news:

The prospective groom is the son of USAF Retired Colonel and Mrs Ron Primrose of Peachtree City, GA.
Primrose Celebration of Culture.
Primrose Red, White and Blue Parade.
Primrose School of Round Rock at Forest says, "GO LONGHORNS GO.".
Primrose School of Round Rock at Forest Creek wanted to say, "HOOK 'EM HORNS.".
Primrose School of Hickory Creek.
Primrose School of Hickory Creek Students Learn about the Voting Process and Host Election.
Salem 66 – Down the Primrose Path .
Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence plays heroine Katniss Everdeen, who sacrifices herself in place of her sister, Primrose.
A memorial service to celebrate Betty's life will be at 10 am Wednesday at Primrose chapel.
A celebration of life memorial will be at 10 am Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012, at Primrose Chapel.
Services are pending with Primrose Funeral Service.
LONGMEADOW — Much-needed improvements to the town's water mains are now being made on Primrose Drive, Bernie Road and Mayfair Drive.
When Willow Shields heard about the opportunity to audition for Primrose Everdeen in "The Hunger Games" she was only halfway through reading Suzanne Collins' young adult bestseller, but she already knew it was a big deal.
NORMAN — Ray Otis Stuckey, 88, of Norman died Saturday, Oct 20, 2012, in Naples, Fla. Services are pending with Primrose Funeral Service.
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In science:

Primrose, Quadrics in finite geometries, Proc.
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