Meaning of lady's slipper in English:

lady's slipper


  • An orchid of north temperate regions, the flower of which has a conspicuous pouch- or slipper-shaped lip.

    Also called slipper orchid

    Genus Cypripedium, family Orchidaceae

    ‘The North American pink lady's slipper orchid flowers during the springtime flight of the queen bumblebee.’
    • ‘Among the natural wonders that should be protected are stag beetles, and ramshorn snails; habitats including salt meadows and oak woods; and rare plants such as the lady's slipper orchid.’
    • ‘In early spring, the park is blanketed with wildflowers, including violets, may apples, spring beauties, and lady's slipper orchids.’
    • ‘Mr Lang, a retired veterinary surgeon, says he can still remember the thrill of seeing the lady's slipper in Yorkshire, long before it had to be heavily guarded.’
    • ‘It was a tiny humming bird; he was sampling the vintages from a clump of daffodils, foxglove, trillium, and lady's slipper.’