any of several epiphytic orchids of the genus Vanda, of tropical regions of the Eastern Hemisphere, having large white, lilac, blue, or greenish flowers.

1795–1805; < Neo-Latin < Sanskrit vandā mistletoe Unabridged
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vanda (ˈvændə)
any epiphytic orchid of the E hemisphere genus Vanda, having white, mauve, blue, or greenish fragrant flowers
[C19: New Latin, from Hindi vandā mistletoe, from Sanskrit]

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