from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of low terrestrial orchids, with a creeping root-stock and a tuft of basal leaves, the stem bearing a spike of small white flowers.
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- noun genus of small orchids of the northern hemisphere with creeping rhizomes and stalked ovate leaves and small flowers
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The camellia, provided as it now is with glamorous and faintly immoral connotations, has tricked us into forgetting that its godfather was a Jesuit named Kamel; but gesnera, goodyera and fothergilla still wear their synthetic verbal grandeur with a stilted, self-conscious air like a herd in his Sunday blacks.