Definition of orchis in English:

Share this entry

orchis

Pronunciation: /ˈɔːkɪs/

noun

An 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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: or¦chis

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.