petunia[pə to̵̅o̅n′yə, -tyo̵̅o̅n′-; -ē ə]
any of a genus (Petunia) of plants of the nightshade family, with funnel-shaped flowers of various colors and patterns, esp. a common garden annual (P. hybrida)
Origin of petuniaModern Latin ; from French petun ; from Tupí, tobacco
- Any of various widely cultivated South American plants of the genus Petunia of the nightshade family, having funnel-shaped flowers in a variety of colors.
- A moderate to dark purple.
Origin of petuniaNew Latin Petunia, genus name, from obsolete French pétun, tobacco, from Portuguese petum, of Tupí-Guaraní origin.
- Of a dark purple colour, like that of some petunia flowers.