odontoglossum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n odontoglossum any of numerous and diverse orchids of the genus Odontoglossum having racemes of few to many showy usually large flowers in many colors
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n odontoglossum An ornamental genus of orchids of the tribe Vandeæ and the subtribe Oncidieæ, known by the free and spreading sepals, the lip not spurred and free from the long unappendaged column. There are over 80 species, natives of the Andes from Bolivia to Mexico. They are epiphytes, producing a pseudobulb, a few stiff fleshy leaves, and showy flowers, often white, reddish, or yellow, in an ample panicle. It is an extremely handsome genus, now common in collections. O. Madrense has been distinguished as almond-scented, O. Warnerianum as violet-scented orchid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Odontoglossum ō-don-tō-glos′um a genus of tropical American orchids with showy flowers.
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Usage

In literature:

Have you looked at that Odontoglossum Pavo, and if so, what do you think of it?
"Allan and the Holy Flower" by H. Rider Haggard
Briefly, I myself once bought a case two feet long, a foot wide, half-full of Odontoglossums for 8s.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Place an Odontoglossum beside a rose, and what a distorted unholy thing it looks!
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
One of Messrs. Sander's collectors, Mr. Mau, was hunting for Odontoglossum crispum by Bogota.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Odontoglossum seeds come up best when sown on the surface of established plants in the manner described.
"Orchids" by James O'Brien
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