petunia

[ pi-oo-nyuh, -nee-uh, -tyoo- ]
/ pɪˈu nyə, -ni ə, -ˈtyu- /

noun

any garden plant belonging to the genus Petunia, of the nightshade family, native to tropical America, having funnel-shaped flowers of various colors.
a deep, reddish purple.

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Origin of petunia

1815–25; < New Latin < obsolete French petun tobacco < Tupi petyn; see -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for petunia

petunia
/ (pɪˈtjuːnɪə) /

noun

any solanaceous plant of the tropical American genus Petunia: cultivated for their white, pink, blue, or purple funnel-shaped flowers

Word Origin for petunia

C19: via New Latin from obsolete French petun variety of tobacco, from Tupi petyn
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