Definition of orchis in English:

orchis

Line breaks: or¦chis
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːkɪs
 
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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).

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