One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or taking place in (early) spring.
Early 19th century. Apparently from either Catalan primavera, Spanish primavera, Portuguese primavera, or Italian primavera, all in sense ‘springtime’ (all ultimately from an unattested post-classical Latin *prima vera, variant (probably arising from reinterpretation of the neuter plural as feminine singular) of classical Latin prīmum vēr first or earliest spring from prīmum, neuter of prīmus + vēr) + -al. Compare Old Occitan primavera, feminine, primver, masculine.
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