Origin of oncidiumModern Latin from Classical Greek onkos, barbed hook (for Indo-European base see ankle) + Modern Latin -idium ( from Classical Greek -idion, diminutive suffix): from form of the labellum
Origin of oncidiumNew Latin Oncidium genus name Greek onkos barb, hook (from the shape of its labellum) New Latin -idium diminutive suff. ( from Greek -idion )
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From the genus name.