lady's-slipper

or la·dy-slip·per

[ ley-deez-slip-er ]
/ ˈleɪ dizˌslɪp ər /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. lady's maid,
  2. lady's man,
  3. lady's mantle,
  4. lady's not for burning, the,
  5. lady's-earrings,
  6. lady's-smock,
  7. lady's-thistle,
  8. lady's-thumb,
  9. lady's-tresses,
  10. lady-in-waiting

Origin of lady's-slipper

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40

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British Dictionary definitions for lady's-slipper

lady's-slipper

noun

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