[kat-lee-uh, kat-lee-uh, -ley-uh]
- any of several tropical American orchids of the genus Cattleya, having showy flowers ranging from white to purple.
Origin of cattleya
1820–30; after William Cattley (died 1832), English botany enthusiast; see -a2
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Examples from the Web for cattleya
The Cattleya was still there, perched aloft, as big as a hogshead.
To right in this house is Cattleya Lawrenceana, of which we have probably 150 plants.
Duchartre describes an instance wherein one of the outer sepals of Cattleya Forbesii was adherent to the labellum.
Prillieux mentions a flower of Cattleya amethystina wherein each whorl of the perianth consisted of two opposite segments.
Along the roof hang small plants of Cattleya gigas and others.
- any tropical American orchid of the genus Cattleya, cultivated for their purplish-pink or white showy flowers
C19: New Latin, named after William Cattley (died 1832), English botanist
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