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laelia

[lee-lee-uh]
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noun
  1. any of several epiphytic tropical American orchids of the genus Laelia, having fleshy leaves and showy flowers.
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Origin of laelia

< New Latin (1763), perhaps after Caius Laelius, Roman statesman of the 2nd century b.c.; see -a2
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  • The compartment we enter first is devoted to Laelia elegans mostly.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • Mr. Rolfe has satisfied himself that the strain of Laelia purpurata is always present.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • And there, a short distance to the north, lives Laelia pumila, which might supply the rosy tinge.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • The ordinary form of citrosmum also demands no comment, and I deal with the interesting Laelia Jongheana elsewhere.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • Robin Measures is assumed to be a natural hybrid of Laelia xanthina × Catt.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle