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
A friend of mine suggested that "lilied" was peculiarly appropriate to form "cold nymphs chaste crowns," from its imputed power as a preserver of chastity: and in MR. HALLIWELL'S folio, several examples are quoted from old poets of "peony" spelt "piony;" and of both _peony_ and _lily_ as
This peony is very reminiscent of HEAVEN ON EARTH.
HA Lisa, I have to laugh at you calling the peony a thing!
The most splendid of arrangements for the tea ceremony comes in May, when a peony is put out in a celadon vase; but here again there is but a single bud, always with dew upon it.
Ants are attracted to the sweet syrup in peony’s flower buds, but are not needed, as the old-timers will tell you, for flower production.
"The peony is a Chinese symbol for the feminine nature or sensuality," she says as she moves her body to give the bird wings.
Could be a type of "peony" version of oriental, though.
But I could barely get the word "peony" out of my mouth before finding out that I can't get them in July!
It took Chen three years to complete the Flowering series, in which the well-known "peony" paintings by Hsu His (徐熙), who lived during China's Five Dynasties period, are deconstructed and reconstructed using contemporary visual vocabularies and cultural contexts.
Duncan and I adorned ourselves with flowers: a fat peony in my hair and a yellow rose tucked into his smart blue hat.