from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an orchid of the genus Liparis having few leaves and usually fairly small yellow-green or dull purple flowers in terminal racemes.
  • n. The type genus of the Liparididae, consisting of certain of the snailfishes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ichthyology, a genus of fishes, so called by Artedi in 1738 from the soft smooth skin, typical of the family Liparididæ, having the ventral disk well developed. The type of the genus is Cyclopterus liparis of Linnæus.
  • n. In entomology, a genus of arctiid moths, founded by Ochsenheimer in 1810.
  • n. A genus of orchidaceous herbs, some terrestrial and some epiphytes, belonging to the tribe Epidendreæ.

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

  • n. an orchid of the genus Liparis having few leaves and usually fairly small yellow-green or dull purple flowers in terminal racemes
  • n. type genus of the Liparididae: snailfishes


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  • Understand then (Noble Ladies) that neere to Sicily, there is a small Island, commonly called Liparis, wherein (not long since) lived a yong Damosell, named Constance, born of very sufficient parentage in the same Island.

    The Decameron

  • These include the isopod Saduria entomon, the amphipod Monoporeia affinis, the Baltic mussel Macoma bathica, a few semi-pelagic opossum shrimp species (Mysidae) and the common sea snail Liparis liparis.

    Kvarken Archipelago High Coast, Finland and Sweden

  • The montane region of Kinabalu presents a variety of microhabitats that have produced many orchid species common to Eria, Bulbophyllum, Dendrobium, Liparis, Dendrochilum, Pholidota, and Coelogyne.

    Kinabalu montane alpine meadows

  • In fact, it was only by a capricious and wondrous synchronicity that the two individuals there on the strand, buffeted by the Gaelic wind, knew each other at all, brought together by a coincidence of events that pivoted entirely upon the very humble Liparis liparis, otherwise known as the common sea snail.


  • One blustery damp morning, the minister had made a minor discovery about the gender and sexuality of the Liparis liparis.


  • Liparis againe, and starting up sodainly, to looke with better advice about her, shee saw her selfe at Land: and not knowing the

    The Decameron

  • Martuccio greeving to see himselfe thus despised, because he was poore: made such good meanes, that he was provided of a small Barke; and calling such friends (as he thought fit) to his association, made a solemne vow, that he would never returne backe to Liparis, untill he was rich, and in better condition.

    The Decameron

  • Liparis, where they were entertained with generall rejoycing.

    The Decameron

  • Noble Martuccio, there is a servant of thine in my house, which came from Liparis, and requireth to have a little private conference with thee: but because I durst not trust any other with the message, my selfe (at her entreaty) am come to acquaint thee therewith.

    The Decameron

  • Newes came to Liparis, not onely by one, but many more beside, that all those which departed thence in the small Barke with

    The Decameron


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