cym·​bid·​i·​um | \ sim-ˈbi-dē-əm How to pronounce cymbidium (audio) \

Definition of cymbidium

: any of a genus (Cymbidium) of tropical Old World epiphytic orchids with showy flowers

Examples of cymbidium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to rows of ranunculus, there’s a rose garden, a cymbidium orchid greenhouse, and a labyrinth made of sweet peas (like a corn maze, but better smelling). Amelia Mularz, Los Angeles Magazine, "Nostalgic for Last Year’s Super Bloom? You Should Really Go to Carlsbad," 10 Apr. 2018 The maids where given yellow cymbidium orchids to carry. Sue Strachan,, "Knights of Momus celebrate at its 147th ball," 9 Feb. 2018 The guest card table vignette included tulips and cymbidium orchids. John-john Williams Iv,, "Wedded: Leah Pressman and Ori Lieberman rekindled their childhood friendship," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of cymbidium

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cymbidium

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, borrowed from Greek kýmbē "cup, bowl, boat" (probably of pre-Greek substratal origin) + -idion, diminutive suffix

Note: The genus name was introduced by the Swedish botanist Olof Swartz (1760-1818) in "Dianome Epidendri Generis. Linn.," Nova Acta Regiae Societatis Scientiarum Upsaliensis, vol. 6 (1799), p. 70.

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“Cymbidium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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