Definition of orchid in English:

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orchid

Pronunciation: /ˈôrkəd/

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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

Pronunciation: /-ist/
noun
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).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: or·chid

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