orchid

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English[edit]

Twin orchids.jpg
Orchis lactea with root visible.

Etymology[edit]

From Latin orchis, from Ancient Greek ὄρχις (orkhis, orchid, testicle) (ostensibly from the shape of the roots[1]).

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orchid (plural orchids)

  1. a plant of the orchid family, bearing unusually-shaped flowers of beautiful colours.
  2. (colour) a light bluish-red, violet-red or purple colour.
    orchid colour:    

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orchid (not comparable)

  1. (colour) having a light purple colour.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ orchid in A Greek–English Lexicon by Liddell & Scott, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1940

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