One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Alpine primula from which a wide range of flowering cultivars have been developed. It has leaves that supposedly resemble bears' ears.
Primula auricula, family PrimulaceaeAlso called bear's ear
- ‘Favorite plants such as roses, lilies, poppies, auriculas, and passionflowers are found on examples of penwork datable to the 1820s, 1830s, and 1840s.’
- ‘The little auriculas are blooming in their cold frame.’
- ‘Included at the show will be displays of daffodils and tulips, auriculas and primulas, bonsai and alpines with members of the National Auricula and Primula Society exhibiting top quality plants.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin, diminutive of auris ‘ear’.
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