[pi-oo-nyuh, -nee-uh, -tyoo-] /pɪˈu nyə, -ni ə, -ˈtyu-/
any garden plant belonging to the genus Petunia, of the nightshade family, native to tropical America, having funnel-shaped flowers of various colors.
a deep, reddish purple.
any solanaceous plant of the tropical American genus Petunia: cultivated for their white, pink, blue, or purple funnel-shaped flowers
1825, from Modern Latin Petunia (1789), from French petun (16c.), an obsolete word for “tobacco plant,” from Portuguese petum, from Guarani (Paraguay) pety. It has a botanical affinity to the tobacco plant. The word first is recorded (in German) as bittin; it survives as the regular word for tobacco only in Breton butun, but it was in use in English in 17c.
Many haue giuen it the name, Petum, whiche is in deede the proper name of the Hearbe, as they whiche haue traueiled that countrey can tell. [John Frampton, translation of Nicolás Monardes’ “Joyful Newes Oute of the Newe Founde Worlde,” 1577]
[pi-too n-tse; Chinese baw-duhn-dzuh] /pɪˈtʊn tsɛ; Chinese ˈbɔˈdʌnˈdzʌ/ noun 1. a type of feldspar, used in certain porcelains. /pɪˈtʌntsɪ; -ˈtʊn-/ noun 1. a fusible feldspathic mineral used in hard-paste porcelain; china stone
- Petworth house
/ˈpɛtwɜːθ/ noun 1. a mansion in Petworth in Sussex: rebuilt (1688–96) for Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset; gardens laid out by Capability Brown; subject of paintings by Turner
processing electronics unit
[pœ a pœ] /pœ a ˈpœ/ adverb, French. 1. little by little.