or la·dy-slip·per

[ ley-deez-slip-er ]

  1. any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, the flowers of which have a protruding petal somewhat resembling a slipper: all species are reduced in numbers, some greatly.

  2. any of several other related plants having similar flowers, as of the genera Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium.

Origin of lady's-slipper

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40

Words Nearby lady's-slipper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for lady's-slipper


  1. any of various orchids of the Eurasian genus Cypripedium, esp C. calceolus, having reddish or purple flowers: See also moccasin flower, cypripedium

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