Any of a genus (Oncidium) of tropical American orchids.
Webster's New World
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- butterfly orchid
- butterfly plant
- dancing lady orchid
Other Word Forms of Oncidium
Origin of Oncidium
New Latin Oncidium genus name Greek onkos barb, hook (from the shape of its labellum) New Latin -idium diminutive suff. (from Greek -idion)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From the genus name.
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