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

  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of the orchid family.
  • adjective Suggesting an orchid flower in extravagance, exoticism, or luxuriant beauty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to the orchids; belonging to the natural order Orchidaceæ.

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

  • adjective (Bot.) Pertaining to, or resembling, a natural order (Orchidaceæ) of endogenous plants of which the genus Orchis is the type. They are mostly perennial herbs having the stamens and pistils united in a single column, and normally three petals and three sepals, all adherent to the ovary. The flowers are curiously shaped, often resembling insects, the odd or lower petal (called the lip) being unlike the others, and sometimes of a strange and unexpected appearance. About one hundred species occur in the United States, but several thousand in the tropics.

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

  • adjective botany Of or pertaining to orchids.
  • adjective Characterized by ostentatiousness; showy.

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Orchidāceae, family name, from Latin orchis, orchid; see orchid.]

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