Definition of Petunia

1. Noun. Any of numerous tropical herbs having fluted funnel-shaped flowers.




2. Noun. Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of tropical South America.
Exact synonyms: Genus Petunia
Generic synonyms: Asterid Dicot Genus
Group relationships: Family Solanaceae, Potato Family, Solanaceae

Definition of Petunia

1. 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 P. nyctaginiflora, with white flowers. There are also many hybrid forms with variegated corollas.

Definition of Petunia

1. Noun. A genus of flowering plants of the genus ''Petunia''; most garden varieties are hybrids. ¹

2. Noun. A dark purple colour, like that of some petunia flowers. ¹

3. Adjective. Of a dark purple colour, like that of some petunia flowers. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Petunia

1. a tropical herb [n -S]

Medical Definition of Petunia

1. A genus of solanaceous herbs with funnelform or salver-shaped corollas. Two species are common in cultivation, Petunia violacera, with reddish purple flowers, and P. Nyctaginiflora, with white flowers. There are also many hybrid forms with variegated corollas. Origin: NL, fr. Braz. Petun tobacco. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Petunia

petty spurge
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petty thefts
petty whin
pettychaps
pettyfogger
pettyfoggers
pettywhin
petulance
petulances
petulancies
petulancy
petulant
petulantly
petulcity
petunia (current term)
petunias
petuntse
petuntses
petuntze
petuntzes
petzite
petzites
peuce
peucedanin
peuces
peucil
peutz-jeghers syndrome
pew
pewee

Literary usage of Petunia

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1. The Survival of the Unlike: A Collection of Evolution Essays Suggested by by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1896)
"EVOLUTION OF THE petunia.1 THE modern petunia is a strange compound of the two ... The first petunia to be discovered was found by Commer- son on the shores ..."

2. Paxton's Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants by Joseph Paxton (1836)
"Jour., and D. Don in British Flower Garden, 237, New Series. petunia ... the flowers, both in form and structure, exactly agree with those of the petunia ..."

3. Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and Their Practical Application by Luther Burbank, John Whitson, Robert John, Henry Smith Williams, Luther Burbank Society (1914)
"Perhaps the most interesting single experiment with this flower was that in which Mr.Burbank hybridized the petunia and the Tobacco plant. ..."

4. The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom by Charles Darwin (1876)
"petunia violacea, crossed and self-fertilised plants compared for four generations—Effects of a cross with a fresh stock—Uniform colour of the flowers on ..."

5. The Canadian Entomologist by Entomological Society of Canada (1863-1871), Entomological Society of Canada (1951- ), Entomological Society of Ontario (1908)
"NOTE ON PLUSIA PRECATIONIS AT petunia BLOSSOMS. BY AF WINN, WESTMOUNT.* During the past summer the Westmount Park gardener devoted to petunias a circular ..."

6. Popular Flowers, and how to Cultivate Them by Edward Sprague Rand (1876)
"petunia. THIS is a very ornamental genus, and is very useful in the garden ... We regard the petunia as eminently a flower for the people — it costs little ..."

7. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Addison Brown (1913)
"petunia axillaris BSP Prel. Cat. NY 38. 1888. Very viscid; stem stout, ... June-Sept. annual, with small linear to spatulate leaves, and a petunia ..."

8. Seventy-five Popular Flowers, and how to Cultivate Them by Edward Sprague Rand (1870)
"petunia. THIS is a very ornamental genus, and is very useful in the garden ... We regard the petunia as eminently a flower for the people — it costs little ..."

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