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)