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bletilla

[ bli-til-uh ]
/ blɪˈtɪl ə /
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noun
any of several terrestrial orchids of the genus Bletilla, of eastern Asia, as B. striata, having terminal clusters of showy purple or white flowers.
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Origin of bletilla

<New Latin, equivalent to Blet(ia) a similar genus (named in honor of Louis Blet, botanist and apothecary at the Spanish court in 1794; see -ia) + Latin -illa diminutive suffix
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