One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various orchids constituting the genus Pleione, native chiefly to northern India, Nepal, China, and Burma (Myanmar), having fleshy pseudobulbs, deciduous plicate leaves, and ornamental white, pink, or purple flowers; (in form Pleione), the genus itself.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From scientific Latin Pleione from classical Latin Plēïonē (Hellenistic Greek Πλειόνη), the name of the mother of the Pleiades.
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