Peony Definition

pēə-nē
peonies
noun
peonies
Any of a genus (Paeonia) of perennial, often double-flowered, plants of the peony family, with large, showy, pink, white, red, or yellow flowers.
Webster's New World
The flower.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
paeony
adjective
Designating a family (Paeoniaceae, order Dilleniales) of dicotyledonous plants, including many popular ornamentals with attractive flowers and foliage.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Peony

Noun

Singular:
peony
Plural:
peonies

Origin of Peony

  • 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

  • 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

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