noun \pi-ˈtün-yə, -ˈtyün-\

: a plant that has colorful flowers which are shaped like funnels

Full Definition of PETUNIA

:  any of a genus (Petunia) of tropical South American herbs of the nightshade family with flowers having funnel-shaped corollas

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Origin of PETUNIA

New Latin, from obsolete French petun tobacco, from Tupi petí̵ma
First Known Use: 1825

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of many species of flowering plants in the genus Petunia, in the nightshade family, which originated in South America. The innumerable varieties of showy, trumpet-shaped flowers are immensely popular. There are two types: the compact, erect sort seen in summer garden beds, and the sprawling, long-stemmed sort seen in hanging baskets and window boxes. From early summer until frost, petunias bloom profusely with single or double blossoms; crisped, fringed, or ruffled flowers; and spectacular hues from pure white to deep crimson or purple, speckled or veined in contrasting colours. Leaves are soft, flabby, and covered with fine, sticky hairs. Technically perennials, petunias are most often grown as annuals.


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