: a genus of perennial herbs or subshrubs (family Ranunculaceae) that are native chiefly to Europe and Asia and have thickened or tuberous roots, divided leaves, flowers often double in cultivation, and fruit consisting of several many-seeded follicles see peony

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, peony, from Greek paiōnia, from Paiōn Paeon, physician of the gods, its reputed discoverer

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near Paeonia

Cite this Entry

“Paeonia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!