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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.]
(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.
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|Noun||1.||petunia - any of numerous tropical herbs having fluted funnel-shaped flowers|
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
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
|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