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  Dictionary Definition of peony

peony
noun ( plural peonies )

1. any plant of the genus Paeonia, which comprises perennial herbs and a few shrubs with large showy flowers, familiar in gardens.
2. the flower. Also, paeony.
[L paeonia, from Greek paionía, from Paion the physician of the gods (because the plant was used in medicine); replacing ME pione, from ONF, from L, from Greek; replacing OE peonie, from L, from Greek]