bird's-nest orchid

noun

a brown parasitic Eurasian orchid, Neottia nidus-avis, whose thick fleshy roots resemble a bird's nest and contain a fungus on which the orchid feeds
a parasitic Eurasian plant, Monotropa hypopitys, whose thick fleshy roots resemble a bird's nest and contain a fungus on which the plant feeds: family Monotropaeceae

Nearby words

  1. bird's-foot trefoil,
  2. bird's-foot violet,
  3. bird's-nest,
  4. bird's-nest fern,
  5. bird's-nest fungus,
  6. bird's-nest soup,
  7. bird-brain,
  8. bird-brained,
  9. bird-breeder's lung,
  10. bird-catcher tree

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