- any of various epiphytic orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis, native to tropical Asia, having clusters of showy, variously colored flowers.
Origin of phalaenopsis
< New Latin (1825), equivalent to Greek phál(l)ain(a) moth + -opsis -opsis; reflecting the popular name moth orchid
Also called moth orchid.
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Examples from the Web for phalaenopsis
The glimpse of that Aerides and the assurance of a red Phalaenopsis made him impatient.
The story of Phalaenopsis Sanderiana is a striking instance.
But after negotiation some of the men led Roebelin to see the Phalaenopsis.
Further back in the mountains I came across some fine species of Phalaenopsis.Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines
H. Wilfrid Walker
Under these remarkable circumstances some scores of Phalaenopsis were thriving as I never saw them elsewhere.