Definition of orchid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɔːkɪd/


A plant with complex flowers that are often 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.



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.


Pronunciation: /ɔːkɪˈdɒlədʒi/
Example sentences
  • John Lindley is known as the greatest orchidologist of the nineteenth century, a time when the interest in this huge group of plants was intense.


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

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