Definition of orchid in English:

orchid

Syllabification: or·chid
Pronunciation: /ˈôrkid
 
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noun

  • 1A plant with complex flowers that are typically showy or bizarrely shaped, having a large specialized lip (labellum) and frequently a spur. Orchids occur worldwide, especially as epiphytes in tropical forests, and are valuable hothouse plants.
    • Family Orchidaceae: numerous genera and species
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    • Many tropical orchids are epiphytes, growing on the side of trees, and will not do well if their roots stay wet.
    • Flowering epiphytes - bromeliads, orchids and cacti - are presented most commonly.
    • Because orchids are primarily tropical epiphytes and small herbs, they do not have a fossil record.
  • 1.1The flowering stem of a cultivated orchid.
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    • The church people gave out corsages to the mothers, and of course the flower pinned to the leaf was an orchid.
    • Anthuriums, orchids and lilies remain unspoilt for at least 10 to 15 days.

Derivatives

orchidist

noun
More example sentences
  • The prospective orchidist will want to have a general knowledge of the orchid family and a survey of the individual members with whom he may want later to become more closely acquainted.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin Orchid(ac)eae, formed irregularly from Latin orchis (see orchis).

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