Meaning of auricula in English:


Pronunciation /ɔːˈrɪkjʊlə/


  • 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

    Primula auricula, family Primulaceae

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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