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cypripedium

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noun cyp·ri·pe·di·um \ˌsi-prə-ˈpē-dē-əm\

Definition of cypripedium

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Cypripedium) of Eurasian and North American terrestrial orchids having large usually showy drooping flowers with the lip inflated or pouched — compare lady's slipper

  2. 2 :  any of a genus (Paphiopedalum) of widely cultivated Asian orchids



Origin of cypripedium

New Latin, genus name, from Late Latin Cypris, a name for Venus + -pedium (modification of Greek pedilon sandal)


First Known Use: 1807


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