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[kat-lee-uh, kat-lee-uh, -ley-uh] /ˈkæt li ə, kætˈli ə, -ˈleɪ ə/
any of several tropical American orchids of the genus Cattleya, having showy flowers ranging from white to purple.
1820-30; after William Cattley (died 1832), English botany enthusiast; see -a2 Unabridged
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  • Seventeen common genera of orchids are represented, including the popular corsage orchid, the cattleya.
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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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Encyclopedia Article for cattleya

any orchid plant of the genus Cattleya (family Orchidaceae), comprising about 45 species of air plants or rock plants that are commercially important as ornamentals and florists' plants. They are native to tropical America and are widely grown in greenhouses and other light, humid indoor environments. Cattleyas have large pseudo-bulbs (bulblike stems), 1 or 2 leaves, and 1 to 30 large, brightly coloured flowers

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