lady's slipper


: any of several North American temperate-zone orchids (as of the genus Cypripedium) having flowers whose shape suggests a slipper

called also lady slipper

Illustration of lady's slipper

Illustration of lady's slipper

Examples of lady's slipper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pink and white lady's slipper is Minnesota's state flower. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lady's slipper was in 1597

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“Lady's slipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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lady's slipper

variants or lady slipper
: any of several North American orchids whose large drooping flowers suggest a slipper in shape

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