lady's slipper
Impatiens Im*pa"ti*ens ([i^]m*p[=a]"sh[i^]*[e^]nz), prop. n. [L., impatient.] (Bot.) A genus of plants, several species of which have very beautiful flowers; -- so called because the elastic capsules burst when touched, and scatter the seeds with considerable force. Called also {touch-me-not}, {jewelweed}, and {snapweed}. {Impatiens Balsamina} (sometimes called {lady's slipper}) is the common garden balsam. [1913 Webster]

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  • Lady's slipper — La dy s slip per . (Bot.) Any orchidaceous plant of the genus {Cypripedium}, the labellum of which resembles a slipper. Less commonly, in the United States, the garden balsam ({Impatiens Balsamina}). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lady's Slipper — Taxobox name = Lady s Slipper Orchids image width = 250px image caption = An orchid of the genus Paphiopedilum regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Liliopsida ordo = Asparagales familia = Orchidaceae subfamilia = Cypripedioideae… …   Wikipedia

  • lady's slipper — noun any of several chiefly American wildflowers having an inflated pouchlike lip; difficult or impossible to cultivate in the garden • Syn: ↑lady slipper, ↑ladies slipper, ↑slipper orchid • Hypernyms: ↑orchid, ↑orchidaceous plant • …   Useful english dictionary

  • lady's slipper — Any member of several genera of orchids in which the lip of the flower is slipper shaped. The genus Cypripedium has about 50 temperate and subtropical species. Two well known species, the yellow lady s slipper (C. calceolus) and the pink lady s… …   Universalium

  • Lady´s slipper — plačialapė klumpaitė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Gegužraibinių šeimos vaistinis, dekoratyvinis augalas (Cypripedium calceolus), paplitęs Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cypripedium calceolus angl. Lady´s slipper vok. gelber… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • lady's slipper — noun Date: 1597 any of several North American temperate zone orchids (as of the genus Cypripedium) having flowers whose shape suggests a slipper called also lady slipper …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lady's-slipper — /lay deez slip euhr/, n. 1. any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, the flowers of which have a protruding petal somewhat resembling a slipper: all species are reduced in numbers, some greatly. 2. any of several other related plants having similar… …   Universalium

  • lady's-slipper — /lay deez slip euhr/, n. 1. any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, the flowers of which have a protruding petal somewhat resembling a slipper: all species are reduced in numbers, some greatly. 2. any of several other related plants having similar… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lady's slipper — noun A variety of orchid in the subfamily Cypripedioideae distinguished by their slipper shaped pouches which trap insects to improve pollination rates. Syn: slipper orchid …   Wiktionary

  • lady's-slipper — la′dy s slip per or la′dy slip per n. pln any of several orchids, esp. of the genus Cypripedium, having a slipper shaped flower lip • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

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