[ den-droh-bee-uhm ]

  1. any of numerous epiphytic orchids of the genus Dendrobium, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Eastern Hemisphere, having variously colored, often showy flowers.

Origin of dendrobium

<New Latin (1799), equivalent to Greek dendro-dendro- + New Latin -bium<Greek -bion, neuter of -bios -lived, having such a life, living on (adj. derivative of bíos life; see bio-)

Words Nearby dendrobium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dendrobium in a sentence

  • Countless are the species of dendrobium, many those of Laelia; but in each case no other shows this peculiarity.

    The Woodlands Orchids | Frederick Boyle
  • One of the handsomest genera is dendrobium, containing many species, mostly natives of Southern Asia and the great islands.

  • Another noteworthy dendrobium is the D. pierardi, whose prevailing colour is a beautiful rose or pale purple.

    The Heart of Nature | Francis Younghusband
  • Among them occur species of dendrobium, Coelogyne, Cleisostoma, etc.

    The Solomon Islands and Their Natives | H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
  • dendrobium hybrids are among the most numerous and useful as decorative flowers.

    Orchids | James O'Brien