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Definitions of Labellum:

part of speech: noun

In botany, the irregularly shaped petal of an orchid.

Usage examples for Labellum:

  • In one species of Orchids, the labellum or lower lip is hollowed into a great bucket continually filled with water, secreted from two horns which stand above it; when the bucket is sufficiently filled, the water flows out through a pipe or spout on one side. "What is Darwinism?", Charles Hodge
  • It was as singular as it was new to me;- the sepals and petals of a rich purple and velvet- like appearance; the helmet, to which form the column bore the nearest resemblance, of the same colour; the labellum striated with yellow. "The Romance of Natural History, Second Series", Philip Henry Gosse
  • Darwin had noticed that the flowers of Catasetum do not secrete nectar, and he conjectured that in place of it the insects gnaw a tissue in the cavity of the labellum which has a " slightly sweet, pleasant and nutritious taste." "Darwin and Modern Science", A.C. Seward and Others

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