from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of orchids of the tribe Vandeæ, type of the subtribe Maxillarieæ, characterized by an erect concave lip with erect lateral lobes and a fleshy column.
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- n. any of numerous orchids of the genus Maxillaria often cultivated for their large brilliantly colored solitary flowers
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The upper jaw bones, ossa maxillaria superiora, which are large, and form the basis of the face.
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