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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Recent Examples on the Web Other popular fragrances include wood sage and sea salt, English pear and freesia, and peony and blush suede. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, "The 100 best deals from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on clothes, shoes, and more," 4 Aug. 2020 The forsythia and cherry are near each other, and the peony is on the other side of the yard. oregonlive, "For help identifying flowery shoots popping up in the yard, ask an expert," 20 June 2020 Other traditional garden plants like iris and peonies generally prove unpalatable to uninvited diners. cleveland, "Defeat deer with smart and easy landscape solutions," 4 June 2020 For the past several weeks, Geranium Lake has made a delivery of single-stem peonies each Friday to a Portland-area Meals on Wheels distribution center. oregonlive, "Would you like to contribute a flower with that Meal(s) on Wheels? Here’s how you can make it happen," 31 May 2020 Later, while the three of us are eating pepperoni slices and playing Bananagrams, Sylvie reminds Tom that our wedding anniversary is coming up and offhandedly mentions that my favorite flowers are peonies. Jancee Dunn, New York Times, "My Marriage Has a Third Wheel: Our Child," 15 Apr. 2020 This bouquet's face flower is the obvious star of the show: the classic peony. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "5 DIY Floral Bouquets to Make for Every Spring Occasion," 13 Apr. 2020 If the bud of the flower is closed, fill a vessel with the hottest water your tap will produce, then cut the stem of the peonies at a 45-degree angle and place them in the water. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "5 DIY Floral Bouquets to Make for Every Spring Occasion," 13 Apr. 2020 For Mother’s Day, Field & Florist will fashion bouquets out of whichever plants are flowering on their farm, which will probably include blush-pink peonies, crimson ranunculus and ruffled golden-orange daffodils. Zio Baritaux, New York Times, "10 Florists Delivering Vibrant Bouquets for Mother’s Day," 2 May 2020

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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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7 Aug 2020

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“Peony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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