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[on-sid-ee-uh m] /ɒnˈsɪd i əm/
any of numerous tropical American orchids of the genus Oncidium, having clusters of flowers showing great variety in size, form, and color.
Also called dancing lady orchid.
Origin of oncidium
< New Latin (1800), equivalent to Greek onk(o)- (combining form of ónkos barb of an arrow) + New Latin -idium -idium; so called from the crests on the labellum Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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