cypripedium


cyp·ri·pe·di·um

noun \ˌsi-prə-ˈpē-dē-əm\

Definition of CYPRIPEDIUM

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
:  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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