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[sim-bid-ee-uh m] /sɪmˈbɪd i əm/
any of various orchids of the genus Cymbidium, native to Asia and Australia, having long clusters of numerous showy, variously colored flowers.
1799; < New Latin < Greek kýmb(ē) (see cymbiform) + -idion -idium Unabridged
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  • If your cymbidium orchids are bulging out of their containers or the bark has decomposed, it's time to repot them.
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noun (pl) -diums
a genus, Cymbidium, of subtropical and tropical orchids native to Australia and Asia, having boat-shaped showy flowers
Word Origin
C19: from Latin cymba boat
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(genus Cymbidium), any of about 70 species of tropical and subtropical Asian orchids, family Orchidaceae, containing several thousand man-made hybrids. The flowers range from white and pale yellow to green, maroon, and dark bronze.

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