American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various widely cultivated South American plants of the genus Petunia, having alternate, entire leaves and funnel-shaped flowers in colors from white to purple.
- n. A moderate to dark purple.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of ornamental plants of the gamopetalous order Solanaceæ and the tribe Salpiglossidæ, distinguished by the five perfect stamens, funnelform corolla, and entire capsule-valves. There are from 12 to 15 species, found in southern Brazil and the Argentine Republic, and one throughout South America and Mexico. They are clammy-hairy and branching herbs, with small undivided leaves, and showy violet or white flowers, varying to purple and reddish under cultivation, in a few species very small and inconspicuous. P. nyctaginiflora, the common white petunia, and P. violacea, with purple or lilac flowers, are the originals of the numerous garden varieties.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
- n. A genus of flowering plants, Petunia; most garden varieties are hybrids.
- n. A dark purple colour, like that of some petunia flowers.
- adj. Of a dark purple colour, like that of some petunia flowers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of solanaceous herbs with funnelform or salver-shaped corollas. Two species are common in cultivation, Petunia violacera, with reddish purple flowers, and Petunia nyctaginiflora, with white flowers. There are also many hybrid forms with variegated corollas.
- n. any of numerous tropical herbs having fluted funnel-shaped flowers
- n. annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of tropical South America
- New Latin Petunia, from French petun ("obsolete word for the tobacco plant"), from Portuguese petum ("tobacco"), from Paraguayan Guaraní pety. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Petunia, genus name, from obsolete French pétun, tobacco, from Portuguese petum, of Tupi-Guarani origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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