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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 of cypripedium
1765-1775
1765-75; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin Cypri(a) Venus + -pedi- -ped + -um neuter ending
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  • Presently some pots of cypripedium barbatum were put up, in bud and flower.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • cypripedium acaule, moccasin-flower; ladies'-slipper; Venus's-slipper, 205.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • A strange etiquette this of the cypripedium, which speeds its parting guest with a sticky plaster smeared all over its back.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • Presently he observed a flower—a cypripedium; the shape could not be mistaken.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • The botanical name of the flower is cypripedium, taken from Greek words meaning the shoe of Venus.

  • In cypripedium, while the ordinary stamen of the outer row is deficient, two of the inner series are present.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • This cypripedium of ours will ripen its seed in about twelve months, more or less.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Morren describes a flower of cypripedium insigne, in which there were two sepals and two petals.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • Less important, but not less interesting, was the reappearance of cypripedium Marstersianum at a later date.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • cypripedium Curtisii was selling in London at the moment for many guineas—a small plant too.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
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)
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