ep·​i·​den·​drum ˌe-pə-ˈden-drəm How to pronounce epidendrum (audio)
: any of a large genus (Epidendrum) of chiefly epiphytic orchids found especially in tropical America

Examples of epidendrum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside, Salmona cut windows to frame the vertical shoots of epidendrum orchids and the horizontal boughs of chicalá trees, which burst with yellow flowers every year; even the house’s meditative interior directs the gaze outward. Michael Snyder Rafael Gamo, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022

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Word History


New Latin, from Greek epi- + dendron tree — more at dendr-

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of epidendrum was in 1791

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“Epidendrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epidendrum. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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