• WordNet 3.6
    • n Petunia annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of tropical South America
    • n petunia any of numerous tropical herbs having fluted funnel-shaped flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Petunia (Bot) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n petunia 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. There are from 12 to 15 species, found in southern Brazil and the Argentine Republic, and one throughout South America and Mexico. They are clammy-hairy and branching herbs, with small undivided leaves, and showy violet or white flowers, varying to purple and reddish under cultivation, in a few species very small and inconspicuous. P. nyctaginiflora, the common white petunia, and P. violacea, with purple or lilac flowers, are the originals of the numerous garden varieties.
    • n petunia [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Petunia pē-tū′ni-a a Brazilian genus of ornamental plants of the nightshade family, with small undivided leaves and showy funnel-form flowers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Braz. petun, tobacco
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Amer. Ind. petun, tobacco.


In literature:

Bring me (it was a clerk he addressed) one of those Petunia circulars.
"Mother" by Owen Wister
A little white house with blue curtains and a window-box of petunias.
"The Garden Party" by Katherine Mansfield
The boarder was there, standing by the petunia bed.
"Rudder Grange" by Frank R. Stockton
Petunia forgot almost EVERYTHING.
"Shavings" by Joseph C. Lincoln
I sulked for a whole week about those petunias.
"The Story of the Gadsby" by Rudyard Kipling
You might, at least, take Petunia with you.
"The Battle Ground" by Ellen Glasgow
But the Lady Petunia gripped him by the arm.
"Foe-Farrell" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Petunias are excellent plants for large beds where a strong show of color is desired.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
He can plant some white petunia seeds in one side of his garden, and some red ones in the other.
"The Renewal of Life; How and When to Tell the Story to the Young" by Margaret Warner Morley
PETUNIAS, multiple origin of, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin

In poetry:

The balsam-breathed petunias
Hang riven of the rain;
And where the tiger-lily was
Now droops a tawny stain;
While in the twilight's purple pause
Earth dreams of Heaven again.
"A Reed Shaken In The Wind" by Madison Julius Cawein
THERE were many flowers in my mother's garden,
Sword-leaved gladiolus, taller far than I,
Sticky-leaved petunias, pink and purple-flaring,
Velvet-painted pansies staring at the sky;
"The Garden" by Margaret Widdemer
This is its fence--or that which was
Its fence once--now, rock rolled from rock,
One tangle of the vine and dock,
Where bloom the wild petunias;
And this its gate, the iron-weeds block,
Hot with the insects' dusty buzz.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

This year, before you plant your petunias , mix some slow-release fertilizer into the soil.
Beautiful Petunia Cart at The Franklin Hotel in Rome.
Petunia is a $50 adoption fee.
Oct 28, 2010 Virginia Cofer stands outside the new space being prepared for her second Petunia's Silver Jalapeno restaurant in The Market area of Warehouse Row.
This woman sells no petunias.
Barnstable is a petunia in the onion patch of financially embattled cities and towns.
DELTA, Colo.- Delta police are still searching for the man accused of robbing the Petunia Beads store at gunpoint.
Petunia 'Good and Plenty Nightlife'.
Once exotic and rare, tropical hibiscus are now practically as common as petunias on northern patios.
Petunia 'Cascadias Noble Blue,' Danziger.
New Types of Perfect Petunias.
That flat of petunias at the garden center may come with a chemical catch.
Petunia the Porcupine turns her prickly back to the crowd as she munches her carrot during the Columbus Zoo's rain forest presentation at Taylor Elementary in Reynoldsburg Oct 23.
Petunia was one of many animals that zoo staff brought to the school as part of Safari Literacy Night.
View full size Doug Beghtel/The Oregonian Lisa Clark, owner of Petunia's Pies and Pastries, holds her vegan Pumpkin Maple Gingerbread Cake.