from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tree (Cybistax donnellsmithii) of Mexico and Guatemala, having opposite, palmately compound leaves, yellow flowers, and close-grained, light-colored wood.
  • n. The wood of this tree, used in cabinetry. Also called white mahogany.
  • adj. Garnished or served with assorted fresh vegetables: pasta primavera; shrimp in a primavera sauce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Describing a light vegetable sauce, especially one served with pasta


Spanish, spring, primavera, from Late Latin prīma vēra, early spring, pl. of prīmum vēr : Latin prīmus, first; see per1 in Indo-European roots + Latin vēr, spring; see wesr̥ in Indo-European roots.
From Italian (alla) primavera, (in the) spring (style), from Late Latin prīma vēra; see primavera1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian primavera ("spring"). (Wiktionary)



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