pe·​tu·​nia | \ pi-ˈtün-yə How to pronounce petunia (audio) , -ˈtyün- \

Definition of petunia

: any of a genus (Petunia) of tropical South American herbs of the nightshade family that are commonly grown as annuals for their fragrant, colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers

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Recent Examples on the Web Calvin Finch has your guide to fall lawn care in San Antonio; Neil Sperry answers readers' questions about Mexican petunia and more in his Down to Earth column., "Express Briefing: Out of a job over face mask, former teacher pushes anti-racism plan," 17 Sep. 2020 Dwarf Ruellia is also called dwarf Mexican petunia. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Your guide to shade- and drought-tolerant groundcovers to replace your San Antonio lawn grass," 14 May 2020 Tomatoes, petunias, zucchini and peppers all require heat to grow. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "We all jumped the gun and planted our summer gardens too early. So here's what to do," 15 May 2020 Consider snapdragons, petunias, stocks, dianthus, calendula, alyssum and ornamental kale. Calvin Finch,, "It’s time to plant cool-weather annuals in your San Antonio garden," 17 Oct. 2019 For the latter, check out things like bee balms, columbines, lupines, foxgloves, hollyhocks, cleomes, impatiens and petunias. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Answering reader questions: When nonnative plants are OK, how to attract hummingbirds," 20 Feb. 2020 Plant winter annuals such as snapdragons, stocks, dianthus, petunias, ornamental kale and calendula in full sun now for winter color. Calvin Finch,, "Now is the time to plant shade trees in your San Antonio garden," 24 Oct. 2019 Don't expect to add cannabis next to the petunias in your garden. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What you need to know as recreational marijuana sales begin in Michigan," 1 Dec. 2019 Out with petunias and impatiens and in with pansies and cabbages. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Showers develop late today before it turns blustery and cold on Friday," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of petunia

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petunia

New Latin, from obsolete French petun tobacco, from Tupi petɨ́ma

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The first known use of petunia was in 1825

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“Petunia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of petunia

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


pe·​tu·​nia | \ pə-ˈtü-nyə How to pronounce petunia (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Kids Definition of petunia

: a plant grown for its brightly colored flowers that are shaped like funnels

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