Definition of auricula in English:



  • An Alpine primula from which a wide range of flowering cultivars have been developed. It has leaves that supposedly resemble bears' ears.

    Also 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The little auriculas are blooming in their cold frame.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin, diminutive of auris ear.