Definition of orchis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôrkəs/


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.


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

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Syllabification: or·chis

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