peony

[pee-uh-nee]
noun, plural 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.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English < Late Latin peōnia, Latin paeōnia < Greek paiōnía peony, akin to Paiā́n paean; replacing Middle English pione < Anglo-French < Old French peone < Latin; replacing Old English peonie < Late Latin, Latin, as above

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peony or paeony (ˈpiːənɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
1.  any of various ranunculaceous shrubs and plants of the genus Paeonia, of Eurasia and North America, having large pink, red, white, or yellow flowers
2.  the flower of any of these plants
 
[Old English peonie, from Latin paeōnia, from Greek paiōnia; related to paiōnios healing, from paiōn physician]
 
paeony or paeony
 
n
 
[Old English peonie, from Latin paeōnia, from Greek paiōnia; related to paiōnios healing, from paiōn physician]

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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. The root, flowers, and seeds formerly were used in
medicine.
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Example sentences
My tulips and daffodils in the far corner, my peonies and irises coming up on
  both sides.
Peonies have formless nectaries on the floral bracts.
Field production of peonies for cut flower production.
The base of the gardens was planted with roses and peonies.
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