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orchis

[awr-kis] /ˈɔr kɪs/
noun
1.
any orchid.
2.
any of various terrestrial orchids, especially of the genus Orchis, of temperate regions, having spikelike flowers.
Origin of orchis
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin < Greek órchis testicle, plant with roots like testicles
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  • I often speculated how the caudicle of orchis had been formed.

  • I went after an orchis, and then I saw some Solomon's seal; and oh!

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Doubtless, had orchis been in the country, he would have aided him in this strait.

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
  • With much grief of heart, China Aster so informed orchis' agent.

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
  • And did it not bring about what in effect was the enmity of orchis?

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
  • A kind of orchis, and used, with its various appellations, "sensu obsc."

  • M. Clos mentions an instance where the terminal leaf and first bract of orchis sambucina were divided into two segments.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Partial detachment of the stamens from the styles occurs frequently in semi-double flowers of orchis.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Rœper is stated by Cramer to have seen a specimen of orchis morio with two stamens.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Von Martius mentions the occurrence of three anthers (naturaliter conformatæ) in orchis morio.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
British Dictionary definitions for orchis

orchis

/ˈɔːkɪs/
noun
1.
any terrestrial orchid of the N temperate genus Orchis, having fleshy tubers and spikes of typically pink flowers
2.
any of various temperate or tropical orchids of the genus Habenaria, such as the fringed orchis
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek orkhis testicle; so called from the shape of its roots
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orchis in Medicine

orchis or·chis (ôr'kĭs)
n.
See testis.

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