American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various orchids of the genus Cypripedium, having usually solitary, variously colored flowers with an inflated, pouchlike lip. Also called moccasin flower.
- n. A variety of orchid in the subfamily Cypripedioideae distinguished by their slipper-shaped pouches which trap insects to improve pollination rates.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Any orchidaceous plant of the genus Cypripedium, the labellum of which resembles a slipper. Less commonly, in the United States, the garden balsam (Impatiens Balsamina).
- n. any of several chiefly American wildflowers having an inflated pouchlike lip; difficult or impossible to cultivate in the garden
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