noun \ˈpē-ə-nē\

: a type of plant that has large round red, pink, or white flowers; also : the flower

plural pe·o·nies

Full Definition of PEONY

:  any of a genus (Paeonia of the family Paeoniaceae) of chiefly Eurasian plants with large often double flowers
:  the flower of a peony

Origin of PEONY

Middle English piony, from Anglo-French peonie, pioiné, from Latin paeonia, from Greek paiōnia, from Paiōn Paeon, physician of the gods
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 33 species of flowering plants in the genus Paeonia, sole genus of the family Paenoiaceae, found in Europe, Asia, and western North America and known for their large, showy blossoms. Herbaceous peonies are perennials that grow to about 3 ft (1 m). Their annual stems bear large, glossy, much-divided leaves and produce large single and double flowers of white, pink, rose, and deep crimson. Tree peonies are shrubs about 4–6 ft (1.2–1.8 m) high with permanent rootstocks and woody stems that bear flowers varying in colour from white to lilac, violet, and red.


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