cypripedium

noun
cyp·​ri·​pe·​di·​um | \ ˌsi-prə-ˈpē-dē-əm How to pronounce cypripedium (audio) \

Definition of cypripedium

1 : any of a genus (Cypripedium) of Eurasian and North American terrestrial orchids having large usually showy drooping flowers with the lip inflated or pouched — compare lady's slipper
2 : any of a genus (Paphiopedalum) of widely cultivated Asian orchids

First Known Use of cypripedium

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cypripedium

New Latin, genus name, from Late Latin Cypris, a name for Venus + -pedium (modification of Greek pedilon sandal)

Learn More About cypripedium

Time Traveler for cypripedium

Time Traveler

The first known use of cypripedium was in 1807

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near cypripedium

Cypriot syllabary

cypripedium

cypris

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for cypripedium

Cite this Entry

“Cypripedium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cypripedium. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!