Peony meaning

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Any of a genus (Paeonia) of perennial, often double-flowered, plants of the peony family, with large, showy, pink, white, red, or yellow flowers.
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Any of various garden plants of the genus Paeonia, having large, variously colored flowers with numerous stamens and several pistils.
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The flower.
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Designating a family (Paeoniaceae, order Dilleniales) of dicotyledonous plants, including many popular ornamentals with attractive flowers and foliage.
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The Paeonia genus of flowering plants with large fragrant flowers. [from 10th c.]
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Origin of peony

  • Middle English pione from Old English pēonie Anglo-Norman peonie both from Medieval Latin peōnia from Latin paeōnia from Greek paiōniā perhaps from Paiōn Apollo, physician of the gods
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old English peonie, peonia et al., from Latin paeōnia; later reinforced by Anglo-Norman peonie, Old French peone, from Latin paeōnia, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek παιωνία (paiōnia), from Ancient Greek Παιών (Paiōn, “Paean, the physician of the gods; a physician").
    From Wiktionary