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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.]


(ˈpiːənɪ) or


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]


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peony - any of numerous plants widely cultivated for their showy single or double red or pink or white flowerspeony - any of numerous plants widely cultivated for their showy single or double red or pink or white flowers
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Paeonia, Paeonia - peonies: herbaceous or shrubby plants having showy flowers


[ˈpɪənɪ] Npeonía f


paeony [ˈpiːəni] npivoine f


nPfingstrose f, → Päonie f (spec)


[ˈpɪənɪ] npeonia
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But her brother was known by the style and title of Peony, on account of the ruddiness of his broad and round little phiz, which made everybody think of sunshine and great scarlet flowers.
So, Violet and Peony, as I began with saying, besought their mother to let them run out and play in the new snow; for, though it had looked so dreary and dismal, drifting downward out of the gray sky, it had a very cheerful aspect, now that the sun was shining on it.
Yes, Violet,--yes, my little Peony," said their kind mother, "you may go out and play in the new snow.
Forth sallied the two children, with a hop-skip-and-jump, that carried them at once into the very heart of a huge snow-drift, whence Violet emerged like a snow-bunting, while little Peony floundered out with his round face in full bloom.
You look exactly like a snow-image, Peony," said she, "if your cheeks were not so red.
cried Peony, as plainly as he could speak, for he was but a little boy.
She was blushing with all her might, and looked like a full-blown peony, or a great red apple.
She was a fine and handsome girl--not handsomer than some others, possibly--but her mobile peony mouth and large innocent eyes added eloquence to colour and shape.
It is this,' resumed he: 'that Annabella Wilmot, in comparison with you, is like a flaunting peony compared with a sweet, wild rosebud gemmed with dew - and I love you to distraction
Fan waited on Polly cook, who hovered over the kettle of boiling molasses till her face was the color of a peony.
It had a transparent vitality and at that particular moment the faintest possible rosy tinge, the merest suspicion of colour; an equivalent, I suppose, in any other girl to blushing like a peony while she told me that Captain Anthony had arranged to show her the ship that morning.
Behind him Razumihin strode in gawky and awkward, shamefaced and red as a peony, with an utterly crestfallen and ferocious expression.