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oncidium

[ on-sid-ee-uhm ]
/ ɒnˈsɪd i əm /
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noun
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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Also called dancing lady orchid.

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
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