primrose family


primrose family
the plant family Primulaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants having simple, opposite, whorled, or basal leaves, flowers with a five-lobed corolla, and capsular fruit, and including cyclamen, loosestrife of the genus Lysimachia, pimpernel, primrose, and shooting star.

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  • evening-primrose family — noun a large and widely distributed family of plants of the order Myrtales • Syn: ↑Onagraceae, ↑family Onagraceae • Hypernyms: ↑rosid dicot family • Member Holonyms: ↑Myrtales, ↑order Myrtales, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • evening primrose family — the plant family Onagraceae, characterized by herbaceous plants having simple leaves, showy flowers with four sepals and four petals, and fruit in the form of a berry or a capsule, and including the clarkia, evening primrose, fuchsia, and willow… …   Universalium

  • evening primrose family — the plant family Onagraceae, characterized by herbaceous plants having simple leaves, showy flowers with four sepals and four petals, and fruit in the form of a berry or a capsule, and including the clarkia, evening primrose, fuchsia, and willow… …   Useful english dictionary

  • primrose — [prim′rōz΄] n. [ME primerose < MFr, altered (infl. by rose, ROSE1) < OFr primerole, primrose < ML primula, flower, daisy, primrose < L primus, first: see PRIME] 1. any of a genus (Primula) of plants of the primrose family, having… …   English World dictionary

  • primrose — /prim rohz /, n. 1. any plant of the genus Primula, as P. vulgaris (English primrose), of Europe, having yellow flowers, or P. sinensis (Chinese primrose), of China, having flowers in a variety of colors. Cf. primrose family. 2. See evening… …   Universalium

  • Primrose — /prim rohz /, n. Archibald Philip, 5th Earl of Rosebery. See Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of. * * * I Any flowering plant of the genus Primula, one of 28 genera of the family Primulaceae. Primula includes more than 500 species,… …   Universalium

  • primrose — noun Etymology: Middle English primerose, from Anglo French, from prime first + rose rose more at prime, rose Date: 14th century any of a genus (Primula of the family Primulaceae, the primrose family) of perennial herbs with large tufted basal… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • family Onagraceae — noun a large and widely distributed family of plants of the order Myrtales • Syn: ↑Onagraceae, ↑evening primrose family • Hypernyms: ↑rosid dicot family • Member Holonyms: ↑Myrtales, ↑order Myrtales, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • family Primulaceae — noun a dicotyledonous family of the order Primulales with a regular flower; widely distributed in the northern hemisphere • Syn: ↑Primulaceae, ↑primrose family • Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary


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