nounpl. -·di·ums or -·dia
- 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 of cypripediumModL, lady-slipper from Classical Greek Kypris, Venus (lit., the Cyprian goddess) + podion, slipper, diminutive from pous (gen. podis), foot
Any of various orchids of the genus Cypripedium of northern temperate regions, such as the lady's slipper.
Origin of cypripediumNew 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.)