From Middle English primerose, from Old French primerose, from Medieval Latin prima (“first”) + rosa (“rose”). The reason it was called this might be that some primroses are among the first flowers to bloom in the spring.
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɪm.ɹoʊz/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɪm.ɹəʊz/
primrose (plural primroses)
- A flowering plant of the genus Primula.
- Specifically, the species