PEONY

[noun]

any of various plants or shrubs of the genus Paeonia, having large, showy flowers, as the widely cultivated species P. lactiflora: the state flower of Indiana; a girl’s name after the flower Peony.

Etymology: from Old English peonie, from Latin paeōnia, from Greek paiōnia; related to paiōnios, “healing”, from paiōn, “physician”.

[Josephine Kahng]

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