[ luh-bel-uh m ]
/ ləˈbɛl əm /

noun, plural la·bel·la [luh-bel-uh] /ləˈbɛl ə/. Botany.

the petal of an orchid that differs more or less markedly from the other petals, often forming the most conspicuous part; the lip.

Nearby words

  1. labe,
  2. labefaction,
  3. label,
  4. labeled bracketing,
  5. labellist,
  6. labetalol,
  7. labetalol hydrochloride,
  8. labia,
  9. labia majora,
  10. labia minora

Origin of labellum

1820–30; < Latin, diminutive of labrum lip; for formation see castellum

Related formsla·bel·loid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for labella


/ (ləˈbɛləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə)

the part of the corolla of certain plants, esp orchids, that forms a distinct, often lobed, lip
a lobe at the tip of the proboscis of a fly
Derived Formslabelloid, adjective

Word Origin for labellum

C19: New Latin, diminutive of Latin labrum lip

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