Definition of primavera in English:


Line breaks: pri¦ma|vera
Pronunciation: /ˌpriːməˈvɛːrə


[mass noun]
  • The hard, light-coloured timber of a Central American tree.
    • The tree is Cybistax donnellsmithii, family Bignoniaceae
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    • Primavera is a large rainforest canopy tree, sometimes reaching to 100 feet in the natural rainforest, with a straight clear bole up to 3 or 4 feet in diameter.
    • Deep in the rain forests of Central America, lumberjacks hew the primavera tree in the dark of a moonless night.
    • The primavera's sap rises and falls, not with the seasons, but with the phases of moon.


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  • (Of a pasta dish) made with lightly sautéed spring vegetables: linguine primavera
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    • And I cannot see the point of using green peas in a risotto unless they are fresh, for example in a seasonal Italian primavera treatment.
    • One of my friends volunteered to make fettuccine primavera.
    • A main course of cannelloni in rosé sauce with risotto primavera was curiously served together in a bowl rather than on a plate.


late 19th century: from Spanish, denoting the season of spring, from Latin primus 'first, earliest' + ver 'spring' (alluding to the tree's early flowering).

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