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Any of various tropical American, mostly epiphytic orchids of the genus Cattleya, much hybridized and extensively cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.

[New Latin Cattleya, genus name, after William Cattley (died 1832), British patron of botany.]


(Plants) any tropical American orchid of the genus Cattleya, cultivated for their purplish-pink or white showy flowers
[C19: New Latin, named after William Cattley (died 1832), English botanist]


(ˈkæt li ə, kætˈli ə, -ˈleɪ ə)

n., pl. -ley•as.
any tropical American orchid of the genus Cattleya, having large, showy flowers.
[1820–30; after William Cattley (d. 1832), English botany enthusiast; see -a2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cattleya - any orchid of the genus Cattleya characterized by a three-lobed lip enclosing the columncattleya - any orchid of the genus Cattleya characterized by a three-lobed lip enclosing the column; among the most popular and most extravagantly beautiful orchids known
orchid, orchidaceous plant - any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
genus Cattleya - large and highly valued genus of beautiful tropical American epiphytic or lithophytic orchids; the typical orchids; known in many varieties
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The vegetation had again changed, and only the vegetable ivory tree remained, with a great profusion of wonderful orchids, among which I learned to recognize the rare Nuttonia Vexillaria and the glorious pink and scarlet blossoms of Cattleya and odontoglossum.
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Cattleya CIC is a student-run business at King Charles 1 School in Kidderminster that serves a range of bespoke non-alcoholic drinks and cocktails using ethically sourced fruits from Colombia, providing a more stable income for farmers and their families.
Top notes are derived from tea and bergamot, which leads to a mixed harmony of Sambac jasmine, orange tree, Cattleya orchid, freesia and Centifolia rose.
nodosa), as this genus together with Homalopetalum (Orchidaceae) (seven species, genus found in Mexico, Central and South America, and Greater Antilles) form a monophyletic group (with -12 species) that is sister to a clade that has a great portion of the taxonomic diversity of the tribe Laeliinae (Orchidaceae), including large genera such as Cattleya (ca.
The work's unique amalgam of materials results in inexplicable pathos--a devastating vignette in which an exotic fuchsia cattleya orchid lies dying in its Pyrex confines as mold spores reach up from the puddle of pathogenic buttermilk below.
The bouquet was formed of white Cattleya and Odontoglossum Crispum orchids, white roses, white carnations, stephanotis and lily of the valley, with asparagus fern for a touch of greenery.
Partendo da una prospettiva industriale Riccardo Tozzi, presidente dell'ANICA e produttore con la Cattleya, ha dichiarato:
She hunts down Don Luis' men, makes them strip to the waist, daubs their chests with her calling card (a drawing of the Cattleya flower after which she's named) and pumps them full of lead.