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

  • n. Any of various epiphytic orchids of the genus Cymbidium, native to tropical Asia and Australia and extensively hybridized and cultivated for their elongate clusters of showy blooms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of tropical terrestrial orchids, often having spikes of beautiful flowers, on which account several of them are favorites in the greenhouse. There are about 30 species, natives of eastern Asia, Australia, and Africa.

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

  • n. any of various plants of the genus Cymbidium having narrow leaves and a long drooping cluster of numerous showy and variously colored boat-shaped flowers; extensively hybridized and cultivated as houseplants and important florists' flowers


New Latin Cymbidium, genus name, from Latin cymba, boat, from Greek kumbē.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The cymbidium orchid became a popular subject for Chinese artists during the Song dynasty 960-1279 A.D. and was often painted in the dark ink of calligraphers.

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  • The liquid golden light of winter floods our flowering yard, perfumed by blooming narcissus, cymbidium orchids, Andean lilies, and others.

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  • You should see the vendors of pine needles and huge wild cymbidium flowers.

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  • While you're at it, call me a wombat, a cymbidium, or what Scrooge called Marley: "an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato."

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  • The day the first family moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Ms. Clarke filled the residence with tall, clear cylinders of forsythia, oncidium orchids and cream-colored cymbidium orchids -- some of the first lady's favorites.

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  • It is based on chinese cymbidium orchid and smells divine.

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  • The window is lined with orchids: seven or eight large pots bloom with cymbidium blossoms of white and pink.

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  • Imagine yourself with an arm sheaf of long-stemmed calla lilies and your attendants with pavés of mini calla lilies or other flowers, such as tulips or cymbidium orchids.

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  • A ballroom may benefit from clusters of pavé-style cymbidium orchids suspended from the ceiling, a water wall decked with calla lilies, or simply a hand-painted dance floor to complement the carpet.

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