American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of the orchid family.
- n. The flower of any of these plants, especially one cultivated for ornament.
- n. A pale to light purple, from grayish to purplish pink to strong reddish purple.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any plant of the natural order Orchideæ; an orchidaceous plant.
- n. a plant of the orchid family, bearing unusually-shaped flowers of beautiful colours.
- n. colour a light bluish-red, violet-red or purple colour.
- adj. colour having a light purple colour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Any plant of the order Orchidaceæ. See orchidaceous.
- n. any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
- From Latin orchis, from Ancient Greek ὄρχις (orkhis, "orchid, testicle") (Wiktionary)
- From New Latin Orchideae, family name, from Latin orchis, a kind of orchid, from Greek orkhis, testicle, orchid (from the shape of its tubers). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(The word "orchid" comes from the Greek word "orkhis," or testicle, which the plant's roots resemble.)”
“I heard that the astronauts can see this particular orchid from the space shuttle, they are * that* bright ...”
“The Tower of Babylon rose through the veil of transplanted jungle foliage and piped-in orchid scent to scrape a desert sky burned almost colorless by the Nevada sun.”
“A ride over the hills brought us to a wood of oaks, with their branches fringed with the long grey Spanish moss, and a profusion of epiphytes clinging to their bark, some splendidly in flower, showing the fantastic shapes and brilliant colours one sees in English orchid-houses.”
“In the wood-ways a little mauve-coloured orchid is to be found.”
“Tuesday, 19 February 2008 first signs of spring - centre piece of the month february pick whatever flowers you get at the supermarket to make this little basket filled with flowers. ranunculus are my favourites and available all over the place at the moment, so i chose to put them into this flowery centrepiece. the orchid is quite fancy but you just really need one to pimp this up (and it keeps for ever!). a rose or two, some ivy and green leaves from the forest and you are all set. to get started line a basket with some foil and trim on the edges. soak some floral foam in water and place in the basket, when soaked wet (can be really, really wet - it will have to work as a vase to the flowers), eventually cut and trim the floral on the edges, so that it resembles an arch. trim flowers and green leaves and stick into pot. start doing so on the bottom of foam, working upwards until you have an even flowery centrepiece. make sure foam stays moist - adding some water from time to time.”
“In 1862, Charles Darwin correctly predicted that the Christmas star orchid, which is endemic to Madagascar, was pollinated by a moth with a 30cm-long proboscis.”
“There's no way I can get closer, not wearing summer sandals anyway, for between me and the orchid is an overgrown ditch.”
“The orchid is a beautiful flower but can be costly.”
“I identified it as a Cooktown orchid, which is Queensland's floral emblem.”
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