peony
noun (plural -nies) Etymology: Middle English piony, from Anglo-French peonie, pioiné, from Latin paeonia, from Greek paiōnia, from Paiōn Paeon, physician of the gods Date: 14th century 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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  • peony — [pē′ə nē] n. pl. peonies [ME pione < OE peonie & OFr peoine, both < L paeonia < Gr paiōnia, after Paiōn, epithet of APOLLO, physician of the gods: from its former medicinal use] 1. any of a genus (Paeonia) of perennial, often double… …   English World dictionary

  • Peony — Pe o*ny, n.; pl. {Peonies}. [OE. pione, pioine, pioni, OF. pione, F. pivoine, L. paeonia, Gr. ?, fr. ?, ?, the god of healing. Cf. {P[ae]an}.] (Bot.) A plant, and its flower, of the ranunculaceous genus {P[ae]onia}. Of the four or five species,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peony — a merger of O.E. peonie and O.N.Fr. pione, both from L.L. peonia, from L. pæonia, from Gk. paionia (fem. of paionios), perhaps from Paion, physician of the gods (or Apollo in this aspect), supposedly so called for the plant s healing qualities.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • peony — (also paeony) ► NOUN ▪ a herbaceous or shrubby plant cultivated for its showy flowers. ORIGIN Greek pai nia, from Pai n, the physician of the gods …   English terms dictionary

  • Peony — For the ancient Balkan region and tribe, see Paionia. Taxobox name = Peony image width = 240px image caption = Paeonia Suffruticosa regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Saxifragales familia = Paeoniaceae genus …   Wikipedia

  • peony — /pee euh nee/, n., pl. peonies. any of various plants or shrubs of the genus Paeonia, having large, showy flowers, as the widely cultivated species P. lactiflora: the state flower of Indiana. [bef. 1000; ME < LL peonia, L paeonia < Gk paionía… …   Universalium

  • peony — UK [ˈpiːənɪ] / US [ˈpɪənɪ] noun [countable] Word forms peony : singular peony plural peonies a plant with large pink, red, or white flowers, or one of the flowers …   English dictionary

  • peony — [[t]pi͟ːəni[/t]] peonies also paeony N COUNT A peony is a medium sized garden plant which has large round flowers, usually pink, red, or white …   English dictionary

  • peony — pe•o•ny [[t]ˈpi ə ni[/t]] n. pl. nies pln any of various plants of the genus Paeonia, having large showy flowers, as P. lactiflora[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 1000; late MEpyony, MEpione(< AF, OF), OE peonie < L paeōnia < Gk paiōnía peony… …   From formal English to slang

  • peony — bijūnas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bijūninių (Paeoniaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Paeonia). atitikmenys: lot. Paeonia angl. peony vok. Paeonie; Pfingstrose rus. пеон; пион lenk. piwonia …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

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