[ bli-til-uh ]
/ blɪˈtɪl ə /


any of several terrestrial orchids of the genus Bletilla, of eastern Asia, as B. striata, having terminal clusters of showy purple or white flowers.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019