Origin of petunia
Examples from the Web for petunia
The Petunia affords another example of the immense strides accomplished in the art of seed-saving.
You just want Petunia and me for company, same as we want you.
There are several fountains in it, and a few clumps of the Petunia violacea, but nothing else of interest.
The major regarded Petunia, who was seated upon the heap of mill- sides, in a most haphazard and dissipated attitude.
I whirled him up it, and leaned over the gallery rail, calling to Petunia.Foe-Farrell|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for petunia
Word Origin for petunia
Word Origin and History for petunia
1825, from Modern Latin Petunia (1789), from French petun (16c.), an obsolete word for "tobacco plant," from Portuguese petum, from Guarani (Paraguay) pety. It has a botanical affinity to the tobacco plant. The word first is recorded (in German) as bittin; it survives as the regular word for tobacco only in Breton butun, but it was in use in English in 17c.
Many haue giuen it the name, Petum, whiche is in deede the proper name of the Hearbe, as they whiche haue traueiled that countrey can tell. [John Frampton, translation of Nicolás Monardes' "Joyful Newes Oute of the Newe Founde Worlde," 1577]