from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A West Indian orchideous plant, Oncidium Papilio. See Oncidium.
- n. A species of the East Indian Phalænopsis.
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Every one has heard of the butterfly-plant: there is one on the stage now before us, and as the breeze gently waves its slender stalks, each tipped with a vegetable butterfly, it becomes almost difficult to imagine that we are not watching the movements of a real insect flitting among the plants.