oncidium

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n oncidium any orchid of the genus Oncidium: characterized by slender branching sprays of small yellow and brown flowers; often grown as houseplants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Oncidium (Bot) A genus of tropical orchidaceous plants, the flower of one species of which (Oncidium Papilio) resembles a butterfly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oncidium A genus of orchids of the tribe Vandeæ, type of the subtribe Oncidieæ, and known by the free, spreading sepals, and spurless lip free from the short two-auricled column. There are over 250 species, natives of America from Brazil and Bolivia to the West Indies and Mexico. They are epiphytes, usually with pseudo-bulbs, very few leaves, and loose racemes of showy yellowish flowers. This is an extremely rich and varied genus. One of the best-known species is O. Papilio, the butterfly-plant, with flowers of butterfly form borne singly at the end of long stalks. O. altissimum is said to produce a raceme 13 feet long, with as many as 2,000 flowers. O. Sprucei has the name of armadillo's-tail, on account of its long round leaves, characteristic of one section of the genus. O. Carthaginense is named spread-eagle orchid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oncidium on-sid′i-um a widely-spread American genus of orchids.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. ogkos, a hook.

Usage

In literature:

The paper referred to here was Scott's on Oncidium.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Among the special merits of the Oncidium is its colour.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
This admirable collector was hunting for Oncidium splendidum, a stately flower not very uncommon once, but long extinct in Europe.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
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In news:

Harry Zolanko discusses Oncidium Orchids .
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