lady's-slipper

[ley-deez-slip-er]
noun
1.
any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, the flowers of which have a protruding petal somewhat resembling a slipper: all species are reduced in numbers, some greatly.
2.
any of several other related plants having similar flowers, as of the genera Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium.
Also, lady-slipper.


Origin:
1830–40, Americanism

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lady's-slipper
 
n
moccasin flower See also cypripedium any of various orchids of the Eurasian genus Cypripedium, esp C. calceolus, having reddish or purple flowers

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The ram's head lady's-slipper is also globally rare.
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