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adder's-mouth

[ ad-erz-mouth ]
/ ˈæd ərzˌmaʊθ /
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noun, plural ad·der's-mouths [ad-erz-mouthz, -mouths]. /ˈæd ərzˌmaʊðz, -ˌmaʊθs/.

any of several North American, terrestrial orchids of the genus Malaxis, having tiny white or greenish flowers.

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Origin of adder's-mouth

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for adder's-mouth

adder's-mouth

noun

any of various orchids of the genus Malaxis that occur in all parts of the world except Australia and New Zealand and have small usually greenish flowersSee also bog orchid
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