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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various garden plants of the genus Paeonia, having large, variously colored flowers with numerous stamens and several pistils.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant, and its flower, of the ranunculaceous genus Pæonia. Of the four or five species, one is a shrub; the rest are perennial herbs with showy flowers, often double in cultivation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any plant of the genus Pæonia, which comprises strong-growing showy perennials, familiar in gardens.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous plants widely cultivated for their showy single or double red or pink or white flowers

Etymologies

Middle English pione, from Old English pēonie and Anglo-Norman peonie, both from Medieval Latin peōnia, from Latin paeōnia, from Greek paiōniā, perhaps from Paiōn, Apollo, physician of the gods.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English peonie, peonia et al., from Latin paeōnia; later reinforced by Anglo-Norman peonie, Old French peone, from Latin paeōnia, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek παιωνία, from Ancient Greek Παιών (Paiōn, "Paean, the physician of the gods; a physician"). (Wiktionary)

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