orchid

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Phalaenopsis cultivar
Orchis lactea with root visible and a one-Euro coin for scale.

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin Orchideae, Orchidaceae, an irregular formation from Latin orchis, from Ancient Greek ὄρχις (órkhis, orchid, testicle) (ostensibly from the shape of the roots[1]). Supplanted Middle English ballockwort (literally testicle plant).

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orchid (plural orchids)

  1. A plant of the orchid family (Orchidaceae), bearing unusually-shaped flowers of beautiful colours. [mid-19th C.]
  2. A light bluish-red, violet-red or purple colour.
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orchid (not comparable)

  1. (colour) having a light purple colour.

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  1. ^ ὄρχις in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press

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