follow Dictionary.com

8 Wintry Words to Defrost Your Vocabulary

cypripedium

[sip-ruh-pee-dee-uh m] /ˌsɪp rəˈpi di əm/
noun
1.
any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, comprising the lady's-slippers.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin Cypri(a) Venus + -pedi- -ped + -um neuter ending
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for cypripedium

cypripedium

/ˌsɪprɪˈpiːdɪəm/
noun
1.
any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, having large flowers with an inflated pouchlike lip See also lady's-slipper
2.
any cultivated tropical orchid of the genus Paphiopedilum, having yellow, green, or brownish-purple waxy flowers
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Latin Cypria the Cyprian, that is, Venus + pēs foot (that is, Venus' slipper)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for cypripedium

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for cypripedium

0
27
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for cypripedium