American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various tropical American, mostly epiphytic orchids of the genus Cattleya, much hybridized and extensively cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.
- Named after William Cattley, English botanist. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Cattleya, genus name, after William Cattley (died 1832), British patron of botany. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At the May state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderón, prickly pear cactus showed up in vermeil wine coolers, and Dowling also tucked a few among the centerpieces of fuchsia roses and cattleya orchids.”
“This cattleya ‘Scheherazade’ blooms at this time each year.”
“It's a cattleya-type orchid, and it's the first time I've ever been able to get a catt to bloom.”
“It's a member of the cattleya family, and its flowers stay around for a good month, and get darker and darker orange over time.”
“In trying to delete the spacing in the edit, I deleted the cattleya picture and am giving up on trying to fix this particular post.”
“This is an enormous yellow cattleya that is truly enormous.”
“Another hands-free option is to wear flowers in your hair: a halo of stephanotis or a splash of gardenias or cattleya orchids on your best side.”
“Besides that moment (that first evening on which they had “done a cattleya”) when she had told him that she was coming from the”
“The blooms of freesia, narcissus, hyacinths, cattleya orchids, and miniature gardenias are often short-lived, but their sweet fragrance makes up for their early demise.”
“Besides that moment (that first evening on which they had "done a cattleya") when she had told him that she was coming from the Maison Dorée, how many others must there have been, each of them covering a falsehood of which Swann had had no suspicion.”
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