Definition of Moutan in US English:

Moutan

(also Moutan peony)

noun

  • A tall shrubby peony with pink or white mottled flowers, native to China and Tibet and the parent of many garden varieties.

    Paeonia suffruticosa, family Paeoniaceae

    • ‘Species of tree peony include Paeonia delavayi with crimson cup-shaped flowers, red-tinged new growth and a height of 1.5m / 5ft, and Paeonia suffruticosa or Moutans.’
    • ‘But I could not understand why Moutan peonies had survived the predations of Chinese peasants for thousands of years and are only now in real danger of total destruction.’
    • ‘The moutan peony should be grown in a bright place, with direct sunlight.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Chinese mudan.

Pronunciation

Moutan

/mo͞oˈtan/