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Any of various orchids of the genus Cypripedium of northern temperate regions, such as the lady's slipper.
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)]
cyp•ri•pe•di•um(ˌsɪp rəˈpi di əm)
any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, comprising the lady's-slippers.
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|Noun||1.||Cypripedium - 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