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)

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Cite this Entry

“Cypripedium.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cypripedium. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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