oncidium

noun
on·​cid·​i·​um | \ än-ˈsi-dē-əm How to pronounce oncidium (audio) , äŋ-ˈki- How to pronounce oncidium (audio) \

Definition of oncidium

: any of a genus (Oncidium) of showy tropical American chiefly epiphytic orchids

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Consider the oncidium, whose delicate sideways sprays of vivid blooms suggest a model mobile by Alexander Calder. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Moth orchid’s ascent overshadows alluring varieties | Idaho Statesman," 21 Feb. 2018 This is a variety named Lemon Drop, a type of oncidium orchid. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Moth orchid’s ascent overshadows alluring varieties | Idaho Statesman," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of oncidium

circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oncidium

New Latin, from Greek onkos barbed hook — more at angle

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