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butterfly orchid

noun
1.
an epiphytic South American orchid, Oncidium papilio, having large yellow and reddish-brown flowers.
2.
either of two terrestrial Old World orchids, Habenaria chlorantha or H. bifolia, having long clusters of greenish-white flowers.
Origin of butterfly orchid
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600
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  • The "butterfly orchid" is so familiar that I do not pause to describe it.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle

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