petunia[pə to̵̅o̅n′yə, -tyo̵̅o̅n′-; -ē ə]
Origin: ModL from French petun from Tupí, tobacco
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- Any of various widely cultivated South American plants of the genus Petunia, having alternate, entire leaves and funnel-shaped flowers in colors from white to purple.
- A moderate to dark purple.
Origin: New Latin Petunia, genus name, from obsolete French pétun, tobacco, from Portuguese petum, of Tupi-Guarani origin.