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lady's-slipper

or la·dy-slip·per

[ley-deez-slip-er]
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noun
  1. any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, the flowers of which have a protruding petal somewhat resembling a slipper: all species are reduced in numbers, some greatly.
  2. any of several other related plants having similar flowers, as of the genera Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium.
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Origin of lady's-slipper

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for lady's-slipper

lady's-slipper

noun
  1. any of various orchids of the Eurasian genus Cypripedium, esp C. calceolus, having reddish or purple flowersSee also moccasin flower, cypripedium
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