American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A North American orchid (Aplectrum hyemale) bearing a single leaf and yellowish-brown flowers clustered in a raceme. Also called Adam-and-Eve.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An American orchid, Aplectrum hiemale, producing every year on a slender rootstock a corm an inch in diameter, filled with an extremely glutinous matter, which has been used as a cement, whence the name. Each corm persists till there are three or four horizontally connected. The newest sends up, late in summer, a single much-veined and plaited leaf, which lasts through the winter, and in spring a scape a foot or more high, with a loose raceme of brownish flowers. Also called
Adam and Eve.
- n. An American orchidaceous plant (Aplectrum hyemale) whose slender rootstock produces a solid corm filled with glutinous matter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) An American orchidaceous plant (Aplectrum hyemale) which flowers in early summer. Its slender naked rootstock produces each year a solid corm, filled with exceedingly glutinous matter, which sends up later a single large oval evergreen plaited leaf. Called also
- n. North American orchid bearing a single leaf and yellowish-brown flowers
- putty + root (Wiktionary)
- From the use of the sticky substance in its corm as a cement. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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