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[oh-don-tuh-glos-uh m] /oʊˌdɒn təˈglɒs əm/
any epiphytic orchid of the genus Odontoglossum, of the mountainous regions from Bolivia to Mexico.
Origin of odontoglossum
< New Latin (1816) < Greek odonto- odonto- + glôss(a) tongue + New Latin -um neuter noun suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This which we enter is devoted to odontoglossum crispum, with a few Masdevallias.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Thus odontoglossum Harryanum was found, to the eternal glory of Roezl.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • The finest species is the odontoglossum, having long, chocolate-colored petals, margined with yellow.

  • This fine odontoglossum was one of the earliest known though one of the latest to reach us alive.

  • In a similar way the petals and labellum of odontoglossum Uro-Skinneri have been found reduced to filamentous processes.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • Kerbach did not doubt that he had found his odontoglossum, and gaily started for the hacienda.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • odontoglossum seeds come up best when sown on the surface of established plants in the manner described.

    Orchids James O'Brien
  • Many years ago, on their first arrival probably, an odontoglossum bulb was eaten up.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • We remember flowering the first odontoglossum hebraicum, and on testing it its odour was of cinnamon.

    Orchids James O'Brien
  • He entered my tiny odontoglossum house, looked round, looked round again, and turned to me.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
British Dictionary definitions for odontoglossum


any epiphytic orchid of the tropical American genus Odontoglossum, having clusters of brightly coloured flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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