from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A garden variety of Primula veris, most nearly allied to the variety elatior, the oxlip, whose flowers are umbeled on a common peduncle several inches high.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The oxlip. So called because the peduncle bears a many-flowered umbel. See oxlip. (b) A bulbous flowering plant of the genus Narcissus (Narcissus Tazetta, or Narcissus polyanthus of some authors). See Illust. of narcissus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun florists' primroses; considered a complex hybrid derived from oxlip, cowslip, and common primrose


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