Selenipedium

noun

Se·​le·​ni·​pe·​di·​um
sə̇ˌlēnəˈpēdēəm
: a genus of large reedlike tropical American orchids that is closely related to Cypripedium and includes forms with pods used locally as a substitute for vanilla

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from selen- entry 1 + Greek pedion plain, flat surface

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“Selenipedium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Selenipedium. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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