cat·​tle·​ya ˈkat-lē-ə How to pronounce cattleya (audio)
: any of a genus (Cattleya) of tropical American epiphytic orchids with showy hooded flowers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This three-piece set features a 3.4-ounce version of the best-selling scent itself—which contains notes of cattleya orchid, jasmine, and vanilla—plus a scented body lotion and cream. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 July 2022

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Word History


New Latin, from William Cattley †1832 English patron of botany

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cattleya was in 1828

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“Cattleya.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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