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
Origin and Etymology of cypripedium
New Latin, genus name, from Late Latin Cypris, a name for Venus + -pedium (modification of Greek pedilon sandal)
First Known Use: 1807See Words from the same year
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