Malaxis, having terminal clusters of small, often greenish flowers.' name='description'> adder's-mouth - definition and meaning

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various chiefly terrestrial orchids of the genus Malaxis, having terminal clusters of small, often greenish flowers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A delicate orchid, Microstylis ophioglossoides, found in cool damp woods in North America, with a raceme of minute greenish flowers, and a single leaf shaped somewhat like the head of a snake.

Etymologies

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

[From the resemblance of its flowers to the open mouths of snakes.]

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