from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant of the genus Orchis; also, one of numerous plants in other genera of the orchis family, Orchideæ.
  • noun [capitalized] A genus of plants, type of the order Orchideæ, belonging to the tribe Ophrydeæ and the subtribe Serapieæ, characterized by its spurred lip, and by the two pollen-glands being inclosed in a common pouch.
  • noun In anatomy, the testis, testicle, or its equivalent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Bot.) A genus of endogenous plants growing in the North Temperate zone, and consisting of about eighty species. They are perennial herbs growing from a tuber (beside which is usually found the last year's tuber also), and are valued for their showy flowers. See Orchidaceous.
  • proper noun (Bot.) Any plant of the same family with the orchis; an orchid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the subtribe Orchidinae — the orchids.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
  • noun any of various deciduous terrestrial orchids having fleshy tubers and flowers in erect terminal racemes


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