[ kat-lee-uh, kat-lee-uh, -ley-uh ]
/ ˈkæt li ə, kætˈli ə, -ˈleɪ ə /


any of several tropical American orchids of the genus Cattleya, having showy flowers ranging from white to purple.

Origin of cattleya

1820–30; after William Cattley (died 1832), English botany enthusiast; see -a2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cattleya

/ (ˈkætlɪə) /


any tropical American orchid of the genus Cattleya, cultivated for their purplish-pink or white showy flowers

Word Origin for cattleya

C19: New Latin, named after William Cattley (died 1832), English botanist
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