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Originally: †a narcissus with pale yellow flowers (obsolete). Later: a garden narcissus, Narcissus× medioluteus (also called N.× biflorus), a hybrid between N. poeticus and N. tazetta, bearing two cream or yellowish-white flowers on a stem.
Early 16th century (in an earlier sense). From primrose + peerless.
primrose peerless/ˌprɪmrəʊz ˈpɪələs/
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