laelia

noun
lae·lia | \ˈlēlēə\

Definition of laelia 

1 capitalized : a genus of Central and South American orchids having solitary or racemose variously colored flowers with a 3-lobed labellum and pseudobulbs bearing one or two oblong leaves

2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Laelia

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for laelia

New Latin, perhaps from Caius Laelius, flourished 2d century b.c. Roman statesman + New Latin -ia

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about laelia

Statistics for laelia

Look-up Popularity

Comments on laelia

What made you want to look up laelia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!