noun, plural la·dy's-tress·es. (used with a singular or plural verb)

any orchid of the genus Spiranthes, having spikes of small flowers.

Origin of lady's-tresses

First recorded in 1540–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lady's-tresses




(functioning as singular or plural) any of various orchids of the genera Spiranthes or Goodyera, having spikes of small white fragrant flowers
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