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cymbidium

[sim-bid-ee-uh m] /sɪmˈbɪd i əm/
noun
1.
any of various orchids of the genus Cymbidium, native to Asia and Australia, having long clusters of numerous showy, variously colored flowers.
Origin of cymbidium
1799
1799; < New Latin < Greek kýmb(ē) (see cymbiform) + -idion -idium
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Historical Examples
  • The acquisitions in Botany consisted of some fine Cyrtandraceæ, a cymbidium, and some ferns.

  • The only hybrids of cymbidium known to me are eburneo-Lowianum and its converse, Lowiano-eburneum.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • cymbidium has been enriched by the hybridist, the section Cyperorchis being merged in true cymbidium.

    Orchids James O'Brien
  • We have another house devoted mainly to cymbidium, in which they have been planted out for some years, with results worth noting.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Among miscellaneous examples here is a handsome specimen of cymbidium Devonianum, and a very remarkable hybrid of Catt.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
British Dictionary definitions for cymbidium

cymbidium

/sɪmˈbɪdɪəm/
noun (pl) -diums
1.
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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