dancing lady orchid

dancing-lady orchid

[dan-sing-ley-dee, dahn-]
noun
any of numerous epiphytic orchids of the genus Oncidium, often grown as houseplants.
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oncidium

[on-sid-ee-uhm]
noun
any of numerous tropical American orchids of the genus Oncidium, having clusters of flowers showing great variety in size, form, and color.
Also called dancing lady orchid.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1800), equivalent to Greek onk(o)- (combining form of ónkos barb of an arrow) + Neo-Latin -idium -idium; so called from the crests on the labellum

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