pl. -·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).