from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
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- n. A variety of orchid in the subfamily Cypripedioideae distinguished by their slipper-shaped pouches which trap insects to improve pollination rates.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several chiefly American wildflowers having an inflated pouchlike lip; difficult or impossible to cultivate in the garden
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