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orchis

Syllabification: or·chis
Pronunciation: /ˈôrkis
 
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Definition of orchis in English:

noun

1An orchid of (or formerly of) a genus native to north temperate regions, characterized by a tuberous root and an erect fleshy stem bearing a spike of typically purple or pinkish flowers.
  • Genus Orchis (or Dactylorhiza), family Orchidaceae
1.1 dated Any wild orchid occurring in temperate regions.

Origin

modern Latin, based on Greek orkhis, literally 'testicle' (with reference to the shape of its tuber).

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