- 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
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Examples from the Web for vanda
There are those who pronounce Vanda Sanderiana the stateliest of all orchids.The Woodlands Orchids
As for Vanda, two years had added wonderfully to her size and beauty.
It was Vanda who first broke the reserve, and spoke upon the subject.
More like a Vanda than anything else, the authorities resolve, but not a Vanda!
At this moment, in fact, I recall but two exceptions, Vanda and Phalœnopsis.
- any epiphytic orchid of the E hemisphere genus Vanda, having white, mauve, blue, or greenish fragrant flowers
C19: New Latin, from Hindi vandā mistletoe, from Sanskrit
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