[den-droh-bee-uh m]


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

Examples from the Web for dendrobium

Historical Examples of dendrobium

  • Dendrobium hybrids are among the most numerous and useful as decorative flowers.


    James O'Brien

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

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • 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.