pe·​o·​ny | \ ˈpē-ə-nē How to pronounce peony (audio) \
plural peonies

Definition of peony

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

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Best of all with this particular peony is the fragrance. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: To be a gardener, it’s best to embrace the win some, lose some philosophy," 22 June 2019 There are other plants, such as daffodils, peonies, and hyacinths, that should stay in the same place. Kyle Johnson, Sunset, "10 Flower Farmer Secrets to Get Your Garden Blooming," 22 Jan. 2018 His displays include dahlias, cannas, calla lilies, oriental lilies, day lilies, hydrangeas, climbing hydrangeas, rhododendrons, pink, white, purple, roses, peonies, rudbeckias, coneflowers, clematis, lupines and many others., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 15 June 2019 The botanical blend of shea butter and peony essential oils made my skin feel hydrated for hours on end. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Beauty," 11 June 2019 Against dark backgrounds, brushstrokes by turns delicate, dimpled and confidently supple coalesce to describe modest bouquets of moss roses, lilacs and plump peonies. Washington Post, "Édouard Manet spent his final days in excruciating pain — and creating his most thrilling art," 7 June 2019 Be on the lookout for other flower deals as well, like 5-stem peonies for $9 and 10-stem tulips for $6. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can Order a 20-Stem Bunch of Tulips for $10 From Whole Foods This Mother’s Day," 7 May 2019 Budding peonies secrete nectar that ants, in turn, rely on for food. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Fact or Fiction: Do Peonies Attract Ants?," 27 Mar. 2019 Spring was Katy’s favorite time of year to design and peonies were her favorite flowers. Elyce Arons,, "Kate Spade's Best Friend Pens Essay on Their Special Bond and Honoring Her Legacy at Frances Valentine," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of peony

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peony

Middle English piony, from Anglo-French peonie, pioiné, from Latin paeonia, from Greek paiōnia, from Paiōn Paeon, physician of the gods

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English Language Learners Definition of peony

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


pe·​o·​ny | \ ˈpē-ə-nē How to pronounce peony (audio) \
plural peonies

Kids Definition of peony

: a plant that is widely grown for its large showy white, pink, or red flowers

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