[ dee-suh, dahy- ]

  1. any of several plants of the genus Disa in the orchid family, primarily found in Africa and Madagascar and having tuberous roots and usually white, purple, or red flowers.

Origin of disa

First recorded in 1810–20; from New Latin, of obscure origin

Words Nearby disa

Other definitions for DISA (2 of 2)


  1. Defense Information Systems Agency: an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense providing information technology support to the U.S. military: formerly the Defense Communications Agency (DCA).

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How to use disa in a sentence

  • Tankee, massa buckaraw; you gi me lilly lif, me bery glad;—disa ting damma heby.

  • The ancient Scandinavians worshiped a virgin goddess called disa.

  • There are gardeners, such as Mr. Cook at Loughborough, who grow disa grandiflora like a weed.

    About Orchids | Frederick Boyle
  • I had the good fortune to do as much for disa Cooperi, though not by my own skill.

    About Orchids | Frederick Boyle
  • The D. graminifolia or Blue disa section do not increase by stolons.

    Orchids | James O'Brien