Definition of cymbidium in English:


Syllabification: cym·bid·i·um
Pronunciation: /ˌsimˈbidēəm

noun (plural cymbidiums)

  • A tropical orchid with long, narrow leaves and arching stems bearing several flowers, growing chiefly as an epiphyte from Asia to Australasia and widely cultivated for boutonnières.
    • Genus Cymbidium, family Orchidaceae
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    • The orchids that are most commonly available in garden centres are phalaenopsis (moth orchids), oncidiums, odontoglossums and cymbidiums, which should flower for weeks and perhaps months.
    • The flowers on the cymbidium orchid last for five to seven weeks.
    • Ideal for the special personalised touch, this sculptural arrangement includes King Protea, a cymbidium orchid, zantedeschia and schwarzwalder.


modern Latin, from Greek kumbē 'cup'.

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