Definition of petunia in English:

petunia

noun

  • A South American plant of the nightshade family which has white, purple, or red funnel-shaped flowers, with many ornamental varieties.

    • ‘White cyclamen, snapdragons, petunias and alyssum are cool-season annuals you can add now.’
    • ‘Geraniums, pansies, petunias, primroses and snapdragons could provide shades of red late fall through spring.’
    • ‘Set out tender bedding plants such as petunias and marigolds after the last frost of spring.’
    • ‘Tried and true varieties include Gerbera daisy, pink and purple wave petunia, begonias, Calla lilies, fragrant heliotrope and stock.’
    • ‘Replace fading cool-season annuals with heat lovers like celosias, dahlias, marigolds, petunias, salvias, and verbenas.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from French petun, from Guarani petȳ ‘tobacco’ (to which these plants are related).

Pronunciation

petunia

/pɪˈtjuːnɪə/