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

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History and Etymology for laelia

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

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“Laelia.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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