Words nearby orchi-
WORDS THAT USE ORCHI-
What does orchi- mean?
Orchi- comes from the Greek órchis, meaning “testicle.” How did the Greek word for testicle give rise to the name of a type of beautiful flower? Well, the roots of orchids were thought to resemble testicles. Learn more at our entry for orchis.
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Examples of orchi-
What are some words that use the combining form orchi-?
What are some other forms that orchi- may be commonly confused with?
The word orchestra, despite beginning with the letters orch-, is not related to the combining form orchi-. Learn more about the Greek origins of this musical term at our entry for the word.
Nor is the word orchil, “a violet coloring matter obtained from certain lichens,” related to the combining form orchi-. The term was borrowed into English from Old French.