from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of various orchids of the subfamily Cypripedioideae and especially the genus Cypripedium, having showy flowers with the lip modified into a slipperlike pouch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) Any orchidaceous plant of the genus Cypripedium, the labellum of which resembles a slipper. Less commonly, in the United States, the garden balsam (
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- noun A
varietyof orchidin the subfamilyCypripedioideae distinguished by their slipper-shaped poucheswhich trap insects to improve pollination rates.
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- noun any of several chiefly American wildflowers having an inflated pouchlike lip; difficult or impossible to cultivate in the garden
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