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lady's-slipper

[ley-deez-slip-er] /ˈleɪ dizˌslɪp ər/
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
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for ladyslipper

lady's-slipper

noun
1.
any of various orchids of the Eurasian genus Cypripedium, esp C. calceolus, having reddish or purple flowers See also moccasin flower, cypripedium
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