vanda orchid

van·​da orchid | \ ˈvan-də- How to pronounce vanda orchid (audio) \

Definition of vanda orchid

: any of a large genus (Vanda) of eastern Asian epiphytic orchids often grown for their loose racemes of showy flowers

called also vanda

Examples of vanda orchid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an adjoining gallery called the Silver Garden, vanda orchids are arranged almost as an art installation, more than 200 aloft on wires in a handful of intensely blue varieties. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Moth orchid’s ascent overshadows alluring varieties | Idaho Statesman," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of vanda orchid

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vanda orchid

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Sanskrit vandā, the orchid Vanda tesselata

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“Vanda orchid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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