[ den-droh-bee-uh m ]
/ dɛnˈdroʊ bi əm /


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.

Nearby words

  1. dendritic corneal ulcer,
  2. dendritic keratitis,
  3. dendritic process,
  4. dendritic spine,
  5. dendro-,
  6. dendrochronology,
  7. dendrogram,
  8. dendroid,
  9. dendrological,
  10. dendrologist

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-) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dendrobium

  • Among them occur species of Dendrobium, Coelogyne, Cleisostoma, etc.

    The Solomon Islands and Their Natives|H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
  • One of the handsomest genera is Dendrobium, containing many species, mostly natives of Southern Asia and the great islands.

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

    The Woodlands Orchids|Frederick Boyle
  • Dendrobium hybrids are among the most numerous and useful as decorative flowers.

    Orchids|James O'Brien