butterfly orchid


an epiphytic South American orchid, Oncidium papilio, having large yellow and reddish-brown flowers.
either of two terrestrial Old World orchids, Habenaria chlorantha or H. bifolia, having long clusters of greenish-white flowers.

Nearby words

  1. butterfly effect,
  2. butterfly fish,
  3. butterfly flower,
  4. butterfly net,
  5. butterfly nut,
  6. butterfly pea,
  7. butterfly rash,
  8. butterfly roof,
  9. butterfly table,
  10. butterfly valve

Origin of butterfly orchid

First recorded in 1590–1600

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