la·​bel·​lum | \ lə-ˈbe-ləm How to pronounce labellum (audio) \
plural labella\ lə-​ˈbe-​lə How to pronounce labellum (audio) \

Definition of labellum

1 : the median and usually most morphologically distinct member of the corolla of an orchid
2 : a terminal part of the labium or labrum of various insects

Examples of labellum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sepals, which are pink, petal-like extensions of the flower, look like wings while the lip (or labellum) mimics the body of a bee. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "This Pretty Orchid Looks Just Like a Bumble Bee (And It Helps Attract Them, Too!)," 30 Apr. 2020 The slipper orchids had brightly colored labellum surrounded by two massive petals and were about the size of a hand, fairly large for an orchid. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Orchids," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of labellum

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for labellum

New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of labrum lip — more at lip

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“Labellum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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