Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[sip-ruh-pee-dee-uh m] /ˌsɪp rəˈpi di əm/
any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, comprising the lady's-slippers.
Origin of cypripedium
1765-75; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin Cypri(a) Venus + -pedi- -ped + -um neuter ending Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for cypripedium
Historical Examples
  • cypripedium acaule, moccasin-flower; ladies'-slipper; Venus's-slipper, 205.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • Presently he observed a flower—a cypripedium; the shape could not be mistaken.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • This cypripedium of ours will ripen its seed in about twelve months, more or less.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • The botanical name of the flower is cypripedium, taken from Greek words meaning the shoe of Venus.

  • In cypripedium, while the ordinary stamen of the outer row is deficient, two of the inner series are present.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Morren describes a flower of cypripedium insigne, in which there were two sepals and two petals.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Presently some pots of cypripedium barbatum were put up, in bud and flower.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Every evening they brought in a load of orchids more or less valuable, but never cypripedium Curtisii.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • cypripedium Curtisii was selling in London at the moment for many guineas—a small plant too.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Less important, but not less interesting, was the reappearance of cypripedium Marstersianum at a later date.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
British Dictionary definitions for cypripedium


any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, having large flowers with an inflated pouchlike lip See also lady's-slipper
any cultivated tropical orchid of the genus Paphiopedilum, having yellow, green, or brownish-purple waxy flowers
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Latin Cypria the Cyprian, that is, Venus + pēs foot (that is, Venus' slipper)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for cypripedium

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for cypripedium

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for cypripedium