from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various epiphytic orchids of the genus Cymbidium, native to tropical Asia and Australia and extensively hybridized and cultivated for their elongate clusters of showy blooms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of tropical terrestrial orchids, often having spikes of beautiful flowers, on which account several of them are favorites in the greenhouse. There are about 30 species, natives of eastern Asia, Australia, and Africa.
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- n. any of various plants of the genus Cymbidium having narrow leaves and a long drooping cluster of numerous showy and variously colored boat-shaped flowers; extensively hybridized and cultivated as houseplants and important florists' flowers
New Latin Cymbidium, genus name, from Latin cymba, boat, from Greek kumbē.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)