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oncidium

[on-sid-ee-uh m]
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noun
  1. any of numerous tropical American orchids of the genus Oncidium, having clusters of flowers showing great variety in size, form, and color.
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Origin of oncidium

< New Latin (1800), equivalent to Greek onk(o)- (combining form of ónkos barb of an arrow) + New Latin -idium -idium; so called from the crests on the labellum
Also called dancing lady orchid.
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Historical Examples

  • In this Oncidium, then, we have evidently a record of many bygone processes.

    Omphalos

    Philip Henry Gosse

  • But as for Oncidium splendidum he had not so much as heard of it.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • Except in Oncidium, there is no longer a veliger stage in development.

  • Thus it appears that the Oncidium fills a gap—and how gloriously!

    About Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • But on the table before me now stands a wreath of Oncidium crispum which I cannot pass by.

    About Orchids

    Frederick Boyle