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cattleya

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Pronunciation: /ˈkatlɪə
 
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Definition of cattleya in English:

noun

A tropical American orchid with brightly coloured showy flowers and thick leaves, typically growing as an epiphyte.
  • Genus Cattleya, family Orchidaceae
Example sentences
  • There are many popular types of orchid, including cattleyas, dendrobiums, oncidiums and vandas.
  • In fact today orchids like the phalaenopsis or cattleyas are very easy to grow.
  • The collection includes cattleyas (familiar corsage orchids); miltonias (pansy orchids), with teardrop patterns in the center of the flowers; phalaenopsis (moth orchids); and oncidiums (what florists call spray orchids).

Origin

early 19th century: modern Latin, named after William Cattley (died 1832), English patron of botany.

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