Catasetum

noun Cata·se·tum \ˌkatəˈsētəm\

Definition of Catasetum

  1. :  a genus of tropical American orchids having globose expanded flowers in racemes and the column provided with a sensitive appendage that when touched releases the pollen suddenly from the stamens — see jumping orchid

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Origin and Etymology of catasetum

New Latin, from cata- + Latin seta, saeta bristle + New Latin -um; from the appendages of the column — more at sinew


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