Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous epiphytic tropical American orchids of the genus Oncidium, having clusters of showy flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the genus Oncidium of tropical orchidaceous plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of tropical orchidaceous plants, the flower of one species of which (Oncidium Papilio) resembles a butterfly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of orchids of the tribe Vandeæ, type of the subtribe Oncidieæ, and known by the free, spreading sepals, and spurless lip free from the short two-auricled column.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any orchid of the genus Oncidium: characterized by slender branching sprays of small yellow and brown flowers; often grown as houseplants

Etymologies

New Latin Oncidium, genus name : Greek onkos, barb, hook (from the shape of its labellum) + New Latin -idium, diminutive suff. (from Greek -idion).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The day the first family moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Ms. Clarke filled the residence with tall, clear cylinders of forsythia, oncidium orchids and cream-colored cymbidium orchids -- some of the first lady's favorites.

    Choosing a New Flower Czar

  • Your orchid oncidium looks stunning, the flowers are gorgeous.

    Bloom Days January 2008 « Fairegarden

  • They're both oncidium type orchids, grow long spikes with lots of flowers.

    02/23/2007

  • This is a pretty standard run-of-the mill oncidium orchid.

    12/09/2005

  • This is an enormous oncidium at a local orchid greenhouse in Virgnia - Al's Orchid Exchange.

    06/08/2007

  • Among the most beautiful is the oncidium, of a yellow hue, often seen -- apparently suspended in air between the stems of two trees -- shining in the gloom, as if its petals were of gold.

    The Western World Picturesque Sketches of Nature and Natural History in North and South America

  • If you have orchids in small pots (I have one miniature variety of oncidium) then you might need to water once or twice a day but if you have a medium sized plant, particularly one with a psuedobulb at the base of the leaves where it can store up water, then once a week is usually sufficient.

    Scribbit | A Blog About Motherhood in Alaska

  • This oncidium Sharry Baby’ is a workhorse plant with several blooms through the year.

    Bloom Days January 2008 « Fairegarden

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