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orchid

Line breaks: or¦chid
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːkɪd
 
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Definition of orchid in English:

noun

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.
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

orchidist

1
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.

orchidology

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈdɒlədʒi/
noun
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.

Words that rhyme with orchid

crooked

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