Any of various orchids of the genus Cypripedium of northern temperate regions, such as the lady's slipper.
[New Latin Cypripedium, genus name : Late Latin Cypris, Venus (from Greek Kupris, Aphrodite, from Kupros, Cyprus, legendary birthplace of Aphrodite) + New Latin -pedium (alteration of Greek pedilon, sandal; see ped- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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