- 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 of peony
Examples from the Web for peony
More often than not, Peony went with green, choosing to take care of both herself and Rita.What Can Animals Teach Us About Our Morality?
April 5, 2013
Her two previous novels, Snowflower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, were also bestsellers.The Girls of Paris, China
June 19, 2009
Flora, whom he had left a lily, had become a peony; but that was not much.Little Dorrit
You can clamber on the snowdrift, Peony, and reach them easily.
It is our little snow-image which Peony and I have been making.
Upon him drifted Mrs. Worthington, like a peony in the tideway.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Paul's face was like a peony for colour, but he pouted his lips also, and bent to meet hers.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
- any of various ranunculaceous shrubs and plants of the genus Paeonia, of Eurasia and North America, having large pink, red, white, or yellow flowers
- the flower of any of these plants
Word Origin and History for peony
a 16c. merger of Middle English pyony (from Old English peonie) and Old North French pione (Modern French pivoine), both from Late Latin peonia, from Latin pæonia, from Greek paionia (fem. of paionios), perhaps from Paion, physician of the gods (or Apollo in this aspect), and so called for the plant's healing qualities. The root, flowers, and seeds formerly were used in medicine.