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cattleya

[kat-lee-uh, kat-lee-uh, -ley-uh] /ˈkæt li ə, kætˈli ə, -ˈleɪ ə/
noun
1.
any of several tropical American orchids of the genus Cattleya, having showy flowers ranging from white to purple.
Origin of cattleya
1820-1830
1820-30; after William Cattley (died 1832), English botany enthusiast; see -a2
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  • cattleya guttata Leopoldi grows upon rocks in the little island of Sta.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • To right in this house is cattleya Lawrenceana, of which we have probably 150 plants.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • The cattleya was still there, perched aloft, as big as a hogshead.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Prillieux mentions a flower of cattleya amethystina wherein each whorl of the perianth consisted of two opposite segments.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • Different species of cattleya, Odontoglots, and the rest live together on the same tree, side by side.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Along the roof hang small plants of cattleya gigas and others.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • It was the first to bear the name of cattleya, though not absolutely the first of that genus discovered.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Here also is cattleya bicolor Measuresiana, an exquisite example of a species always charming to my taste.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • In the same districts with cattleya superba grows Galleandra Devoniana under circumstances rather unusual.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • cattleya Sanderiana was first discovered under circumstances rather odd.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
British Dictionary definitions for cattleya

cattleya

/ˈkætlɪə/
noun
1.
any tropical American orchid of the genus Cattleya, cultivated for their purplish-pink or white showy flowers
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, named after William Cattley (died 1832), English botanist
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