Definition of lady's-slipper in English:

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(also lady's slipper)


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An orchid of north temperate regions, the flower of which has a lip that is a conspicuous slipper-shaped pouch.
  • Genus Cypripedium, family Orchidaceae: several species, in particular the large-pouched showy lady’s-slipper (C. reginae), with bicolored (white and rose) flowers, and the pink lady’s-slipper (C. acaule), with a deeply cleft dark pink or (rarely) white pouch.
Example sentences
  • The North American pink lady's slipper orchid flowers during the springtime flight of the queen bumblebee.
  • Among the natural wonders that should be protected are stag beetles, and ramshorn snails; habitats including salt meadows and oak woods; and rare plants such as the lady's slipper orchid.
  • In early spring, the park is blanketed with wildflowers, including violets, may apples, spring beauties, and lady's slipper orchids.

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Syllabification: la·dy's-slip·per

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