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pe·tu·nia

 (pĭ-to͞on′yə, -tyo͞on′-)
n.
1. Any of various widely cultivated South American plants of the genus Petunia of the nightshade family, having funnel-shaped flowers in a variety of colors.
2. A moderate to dark purple.

[New Latin Petunia, genus name, from obsolete French pétun, tobacco, from Portuguese petum, of Tupí-Guaraní origin.]

petunia

(pɪˈtjuːnɪə)
n
(Plants) any solanaceous plant of the tropical American genus Petunia: cultivated for their white, pink, blue, or purple funnel-shaped flowers
[C19: via New Latin from obsolete French petun variety of tobacco, from Tupi petyn]

pe•tu•nia

(pɪˈtu nyə, -ni ə, -ˈtyu-)

n., pl. -nias.
any garden plant belonging to the genus Petunia, of the nightshade family, native to tropical America, having funnel-shaped flowers of various colors.
[1815–25; < New Latin (1789) < French petun tobacco (now dial.) < Portuguese petum < Tupi petyn]

petunia

- It is related to the tobacco plant, hence its name, from Portuguese petum, "tobacco."
See also related terms for tobacco.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.petunia - any of numerous tropical herbs having fluted funnel-shaped flowerspetunia - any of numerous tropical herbs having fluted funnel-shaped flowers
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Petunia, Petunia - annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of tropical South America
large white petunia, Petunia axillaris - annual herb having large nocturnally fragrant white flowers
Petunia integrifolia, violet-flowered petunia - herb or small shrublet having solitary violet to rose-red flowers
hybrid petunia, Petunia hybrida - hybrids of Petunia axillaris and Petunia integrifolia: a complex group of petunias having single or double flowers in colors from white to purple
2.Petunia - annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of tropical South America
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
family Solanaceae, potato family, Solanaceae - large and economically important family of herbs or shrubs or trees often strongly scented and sometimes narcotic or poisonous; includes the genera Solanum, Atropa, Brugmansia, Capsicum, Datura, Hyoscyamus, Lycopersicon, Nicotiana, Petunia, Physalis, and Solandra
petunia - any of numerous tropical herbs having fluted funnel-shaped flowers
Translations

petunia

[pɪˈtjuːnɪə] Npetunia f

petunia

[pəˈtjuːniə] npétunia m

petunia

nPetunie f
References in classic literature ?
The turf was hemmed with an edge of scarlet geranium and coleus, and cast-iron vases painted in chocolate colour, standing at intervals along the winding path that led to the sea, looped their garlands of petunia and ivy geranium above the neatly raked gravel.
It is notorious in how complicated a manner the species of Pelargonium, Fuchsia, Calceolaria, Petunia, Rhododendron, &c., have been crossed, yet many of these hybrids seed freely.
October though it was, the garden was still very sweet with dear, old-fashioned, unworldly flowers and shrubs -- sweet may, southern-wood, lemon verbena, alyssum, petunias, marigolds and chrysanthemums.
Here, also, in summer, various brilliant annuals, such as marigolds, petunias, four-o'clocks, found an indulgent corner in which to unfold their splendors, and were the delight and pride of Aunt Chloe's heart.
February was gone before I well knew that it had come, so deeply was I engaged in making hot-beds, and having them sown with petunias, verbenas, and nicotina affinis; while no less than thirty are dedicated solely to vegetables, it having been borne in upon me lately that vegetables must be interesting things to grow, besides possessing solid virtues not given to flowers, and that I might as well take the orchard and kitchen garden under my wing.
Most people opt for seasonal plants such as petunia.
I couldn't resist planting lots of this year's All-America Selections-winning petunia. I find Wave Carmine Velour's nonfading, velvety, purple-red blossoms particularly appealing.
This is a type of petunia with smaller flowers that Q Can you please suggest what flowers I should put in a hanging basket that will last all summer?
"Now for the fourth trial, you two must understand Timing." Miss Petunia handed them lots of paper and crayons.
To add sunshine to a drab wall, go for yellow blooms of calibrachoa and matching eyes of marguerites with contrasting purple blooms of petunia and cherry pie-scented heliotropium.
Petunia the Pixie is thrilled to be heading to her friend Millie the witch's house for the next ten days.
MOST LOVED: Heartbeat Surfinia, Lovie Dovie Supetunia or Amore Queen of Hearts are the types of petunia flower that are acknowledged and loved by the garden keepers.