Variant of cypripedium
- any of a genus (Cypripedium) of soil-rooted orchids of the North Temperate Zone, with flat leaves and white, yellow, or rosy-purple flowers, each having a pouchlike lip petal; lady-slipper
- any of various cultivated species (genus Paphiopedilum) of tropical orchids with fleshy, folded leaves and green, yellow, or brown-purple flowers of waxy texture
Origin: Modern Latin lady-slipper ; from Classical Greek Kypris, Venus (lit., the Cyprian goddess) plush podion, slipper, diminutive ; from pous (gen. podis), foot
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