cattleya

noun
cat·​tle·​ya | \ ˈkat-lē-ə How to pronounce cattleya (audio) ; kat-ˈlā-ə, -ˈlē- \

Definition of cattleya

: any of a genus (Cattleya) of tropical American epiphytic orchids with showy hooded flowers

First Known Use of cattleya

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cattleya

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

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“Cattleya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cattleya. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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