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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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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