noun 1. [usu. as modifier] — any of a number of plants with small flowers that have contrasting petals and centres, in particular:● a primrose with yellow-centred purple flowers ( Primula farinosa, family Primulaceae). ● North American term for germander speedwell. 2. (also bird’s-eye chilli or bird’s-eye pepper) — a small very hot chilli pepper. 3. a small geometric pattern woven with a dot in the centre, typically used in suiting and lining fabrics.