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Any of various orchids of the genus Cypripedium of northern temperate regions, such as the lady's slipper.

[New Latin Cypripedium, genus name : Late Latin Cypris, Venus (from Greek Kupris, Aphrodite, from Kupros, Cyprus, legendary birthplace of Aphrodite) + New Latin -pedium (alteration of Greek pedilon, sandal; see ped- in Indo-European roots).]


1. (Plants) any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, having large flowers with an inflated pouchlike lip. See also lady's-slipper
2. (Plants) any cultivated tropical orchid of the genus Paphiopedilum, having yellow, green, or brownish-purple waxy flowers
[C18: from New Latin, from Latin Cypria the Cyprian, that is, Venus + pēs foot (that is, Venus' slipper)]


(ˌsɪp rəˈpi di əm)

any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, comprising the lady's-slippers.
[1765–75; < New Latin, = Latin Cypri(a) Venus + ped-, s. of pēs foot + -ium -ium2]
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Noun1.cypripedium - genus of chiefly American perennial leafy-stemmed orchids: lady's slippersCypripedium - genus of chiefly American perennial leafy-stemmed orchids: lady's slippers; sometimes includes species of genus Paphiopedilum
liliopsid genus, monocot genus - genus of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed
family Orchidaceae, orchid family, Orchidaceae - enormous cosmopolitan family of perennial terrestrial or epiphytic plants with fleshy tubers or rootstocks and unusual flowers
cypripedia - a plant or flower of the genus Cypripedium
ladies' slipper, lady's slipper, lady-slipper, slipper orchid - any of several chiefly American wildflowers having an inflated pouchlike lip; difficult or impossible to cultivate in the garden
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The slipper orchids Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, and Cypripedium are primitive orchids with large chromosomes.
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