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

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.


From the resemblance of its flowers to the open mouths of snakes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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