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[van-duh] /ˈvæn də/
any of several epiphytic orchids of the genus Vanda, of tropical regions of the Eastern Hemisphere, having large white, lilac, blue, or greenish flowers.
Origin of vanda
1795-1805; < New Latin < Sanskrit vandā mistletoe Unabridged
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  • There are those who pronounce vanda Sanderiana the stateliest of all orchids.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • As for vanda, two years had added wonderfully to her size and beauty.

    The Waif of the "Cynthia" Andr Laurie and Jules Verne
  • It was vanda who first broke the reserve, and spoke upon the subject.

    The Waif of the "Cynthia" Andr Laurie and Jules Verne
  • More like a vanda than anything else, the authorities resolve, but not a vanda!

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • At this moment, in fact, I recall but two exceptions, vanda and Phalœnopsis.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • I will write to vanda that her house is rented, and well rented.

  • At vanda's, in a harlot's bed, she gave herself, sold herself!

  • A single plant of vanda coerulea × V. Amesiana appeared, and is now showing its third leaf.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
British Dictionary definitions for vanda


any epiphytic orchid of the E hemisphere genus Vanda, having white, mauve, blue, or greenish fragrant flowers
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Hindi vandā mistletoe, from Sanskrit
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