From the heart
of the sweet peony,
a drunken bee.

- Matsuo Kinsaku (1644-94) the first great haiku poet who later changed his name to Basho.

Pe"o*ny (?), n.; pl. Peonies (#). [OE. pione, pioine, pioni, OF. pione, F. pivoine, L. paeonia, Gr. , fr. , , the god of healing. Cf. Paean.] Bot.

A plant, and its flower, of the ranunculaceous genus Paeonia. Of the four or five species, one is a shrub; the rest are perennial herbs with showy flowers, often double in cultivation.

[Written also paeony, and piony.]


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