petunia

noun pe·tu·nia \ pi-ˈtün-yə , -ˈtyün- \

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 and Etymology of petunia

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


PETUNIA Defined for English Language Learners

petunia

noun

Definition of petunia for English Language Learners

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


PETUNIA Defined for Kids

petunia

noun pe·tu·nia \ pə-ˈtü-nyə , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of petunia for Students

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


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