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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous epiphytic orchids of the genus Dendrobium native to tropical and subtropical Asia, Australia, and the islands of the Pacific Ocean, widely cultivated as houseplants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An extensive genus of orchidaceous epiphytes, distributed through southeastern Asia from India to Japan, Australia, and the islands of the South Pacific.
  • noun In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects.
  • noun [lowercase] A plant of the genus Dendrobium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany Any plant of the genus Dendrobium.

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

  • noun a plant of the genus Dendrobium having stems like cane and usually showy racemose flowers

Etymologies

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

[New Latin, genus name : dendro– + Greek bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]

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