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cattleya

[kat-lee-uh, kat-lee-uh, -ley-uh] /ˈkæt li ə, kætˈli ə, -ˈleɪ ə/
noun
1.
any of several tropical American orchids of the genus Cattleya, having showy flowers ranging from white to purple.
Origin of cattleya
1820-1830
1820-30; after William Cattley (died 1832), English botany enthusiast; see -a2
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  • The cattleya was still there, perched aloft, as big as a hogshead.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • To right in this house is cattleya Lawrenceana, of which we have probably 150 plants.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Duchartre describes an instance wherein one of the outer sepals of cattleya Forbesii was adherent to the labellum.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Prillieux mentions a flower of cattleya amethystina wherein each whorl of the perianth consisted of two opposite segments.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Along the roof hang small plants of cattleya gigas and others.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Our cattleya House is 187 feet long, 24 feet wide; glass screens divide it into seven compartments.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Here also is cattleya bicolor Measuresiana, an exquisite example of a species always charming to my taste.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • cattleya Sanderiana was first discovered under circumstances rather odd.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Like cattleya Schroderae it filled a gap when discovered in 1883, for there was no species at the time which flowered in July.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • This was cattleya Sanderiana—sometimes as much as eleven inches across; in colour, a tender rosy-mauve.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
British Dictionary definitions for cattleya

cattleya

/ˈkætlɪə/
noun
1.
any tropical American orchid of the genus Cattleya, cultivated for their purplish-pink or white showy flowers
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, named after William Cattley (died 1832), English botanist
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