Definition of Moutan in English:

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Pronunciation: /mo͞oˈtan/
(also Moutan peony)


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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The moutan peony should be grown in a bright place, with direct sunlight.
  • 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.


Early 19th century: from Chinese mudan.

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Syllabification: Mou·tan

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