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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the orchid family.
  • adj. Suggesting ostentatious luxury; showy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to orchids.
  • adj. Characterized by ostentatiousness; showy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, a natural order (Orchidaceæ) of endogenous plants of which the genus Orchis is the type. They are mostly perennial herbs having the stamens and pistils united in a single column, and normally three petals and three sepals, all adherent to the ovary. The flowers are curiously shaped, often resembling insects, the odd or lower petal (called the lip) being unlike the others, and sometimes of a strange and unexpected appearance. About one hundred species occur in the United States, but several thousand in the tropics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the orchids; belonging to the natural order Orchidaceæ.

Etymologies

From New Latin Orchidaceae, family name, from Latin orchis, orchid; see orchid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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