Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, 14th century
A type of firework, characterized by a sphere of colored stars that burn without a tail effect.
A herbaceous or shrubby plant of north temperate regions, which has long been cultivated for its showy flowers.
Examples of Peony in a sentence
"The grand finale of the fireworks display had dozens of my favorite sparkler, the peony."
"Her wedding bouquet featured three colors of peonies."
Do you know the Genus Paeonia, family Paeoniaceae? You're probably familiar with the fluffy, full blooms of peony in wedding and springtime bouquets, but you can also call the shrub they grow on a peony. The shape of the round flowers is so distinctive that large spherical blasts of fireworks have become known as peonies.
Did you Know?
There's no better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a spectacular fireworks display. While they all deserve your "oohs" and "aahs," we have our favorites. The peony is the large round burst, resembling the flower of the same name. The chrysanthemum is similar, but with long tails. The horsetail bursts shoot up, then fall down like a tail, and the ring shells might even display smileys and other shapes.