vanda orchid

noun

van·​da orchid ˈvan-də- How to pronounce vanda orchid (audio)
: 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 His first inspiration for upping his garnish game was to embellish his cocktails with a vanda orchid. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2023 This woman with the vanda orchid in her hair and her frequent states of incapacitation could put almost anyone under her power. Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic, 16 May 2022 Mante’ makes a lovely addition to borders, while periwinkle-blue vanda orchids (Vanda coerulea) can be grown indoors. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 5 Mar. 2020 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, 21 Feb. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vanda orchid was in 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Vanda orchid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vanda%20orchid. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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