from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various widely cultivated South American plants of the genus Petunia, having alternate, entire leaves and funnel-shaped flowers in colors from white to purple.
  • n. A moderate to dark purple.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A genus of flowering plants, Petunia; most garden varieties are hybrids.
  • n. A dark purple colour, like that of some petunia flowers.
  • adj. Of a dark purple colour, like that of some petunia flowers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of solanaceous herbs with funnelform or salver-shaped corollas. Two species are common in cultivation, Petunia violacera, with reddish purple flowers, and Petunia nyctaginiflora, with white flowers. There are also many hybrid forms with variegated corollas.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of ornamental plants of the gamopetalous order Solanaceæ and the tribe Salpiglossidæ, distinguished by the five perfect stamens, funnelform corolla, and entire capsule-valves.
  • n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous tropical herbs having fluted funnel-shaped flowers
  • n. annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of tropical South America


New Latin Petunia, genus name, from obsolete French pétun, tobacco, from Portuguese petum, of Tupi-Guarani origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin Petunia, from French petun ("obsolete word for the tobacco plant"), from Portuguese petum ("tobacco"), from Paraguayan Guaraní pety. (Wiktionary)



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