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[den-droh-bee-uh m] /dɛnˈdroʊ bi əm/
any of numerous epiphytic orchids of the genus Dendrobium, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Eastern Hemisphere, having variously colored, often showy flowers.
Origin of dendrobium
< New Latin (1799), equivalent to Greek dendro- dendro- + New Latin -bium < Greek -bion, neuter of -bios -lived, having such a life, living on (adj. derivative of bíos life; see bio-) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One of the handsomest genera is dendrobium, containing many species, mostly natives of Southern Asia and the great islands.

  • dendrobium hybrids are among the most numerous and useful as decorative flowers.

    Orchids James O'Brien
  • Countless are the species of dendrobium, many those of Laelia; but in each case no other shows this peculiarity.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Among them occur species of dendrobium, Coelogyne, Cleisostoma, etc.

    The Solomon Islands and Their Natives H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy

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