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n. pl. pe·o·nies
Any of various garden plants of the genus Paeonia, having large, variously colored flowers with numerous stamens and several pistils.
[Middle English pione, from Old English pēonie and Anglo-Norman peonie, both from Medieval Latin peōnia, from Latin paeōnia, from Greek paiōniā, perhaps from Paiōn, Apollo, physician of the gods.]
n, pl -nies
1. (Plants) any of various ranunculaceous shrubs and plants of the genus Paeonia, of Eurasia and North America, having large pink, red, white, or yellow flowers
2. (Plants) the flower of any of these plants
[Old English peonie, from Latin paeōnia, from Greek paiōnia; related to paiōnios healing, from paiōn physician]
pe•o•ny(ˈpi ə ni)
n., pl. -nies.
any of various plants of the genus Paeonia, having large showy flowers, as P. lactiflora.
[before 1000; late Middle English pyony, Middle English pione (< Anglo-French, Old French), Old English peonie < Latin paeōnia < Greek paiōnía peony (especially its root, used medicinally), derivative of Paian paean]