Did you perchance mean Dendrobium?
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous species of the orchid genus Dendrobium native to tropical or subtropical Asia, Australia, and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An extensive genus of orchidaceous epiphytes, distributed through southeastern Asia from India to Japan, Australia, and the islands of the South Pacific. The species are very numerous, exceeding 300 in number, varying extremely in habit, some being little larger than the mosses among which they grow, while others are surpassed in height by few of the order. Upward of 80 species have been cultivated in hothouses for the beauty of their flowers.
- n. In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of the genus Dendrobium.
- n. botany Any plant of the genus Dendrobium.
- n. a plant of the genus Dendrobium having stems like cane and usually showy racemose flowers
- New Latin, genus name : dendro- + Greek bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term dendrobium combines the Greek words δεντρο (tree) and βίος (life).”
“Most dendrobium species are epiphytic and grow on other plants.”
“The orchids are dendrobium sp, and I rather think they are so inbred as to be useless to bees!”
“And when all other topics dry up faster than the dendrobium, you watch TV—very, very loud TV.”
“Your husband will probably wear a navy or dark gray suit to those weddings, so consider a gardenia, a cluster of mini calla lilies or tiny dendrobium orchids.”
“No—Peter wrapped large branches with dendrobium orchids, then stood the arrangements in trays of rough-cut opaque glass.”
“Remember, too, that you will make a more powerful statement with, say, a single stem of dendrobium orchids than with a crowd of carnations or mums.”
“Consider a boa of peonies or dendrobium orchids, particularly if you will be wearing a gown.”
“The ceiling was covered in wild smilax dendrobium orchids, and the tables were bedecked with 10,000 white roses.”
“We use a dendrobium orchid known as cuthbertsonii.”
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