cyp·​ri·​pe·​di·​um ˌsi-prə-ˈpē-dē-əm How to pronounce cypripedium (audio)
: 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
: any of a genus (Paphiopedalum) of widely cultivated Asian orchids

Word History


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

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cypripedium was in 1807

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Cite this Entry

“Cypripedium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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