- orchid family,
- orchid tree,
Origin of orchid
Examples from the Web for orchid
"I found it completely riveting," said Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief.
On my kitchen windowsill (yes, I have a windowed kitchen, my first ever), are four orchid plants.
But an examination of this orchid affords no pronounced evidence of any specific intention.My Studio Neighbors|William Hamilton Gibson
Soft as a cloud, the fawn surrendered to his embrace and gravely smelled his arm with a nose as delicate as an orchid.The Black Fawn|James Arthur Kjelgaard
Together she and Alice, admiring the orchid, advanced toward the two children, who had come to a halt under a big sycamore.The Moving Picture Girls Under the Palms|Laura Lee Hope
To enlist the services of Saunderson, would be almost impossible; he lives in his orchid houses; they are his world.Brood of the Witch-Queen|Sax Rohmer
It was so wonderful that the surly young beginner in vaudeville should have evolved into this orchid of the salons.The Cup of Fury|Rupert Hughes
Word Origin for orchid
1845, introduced by John Lindley in "School Botanty," from Modern Latin Orchideæ (Linnaeus), the plant's family name, from Latin orchis, a kind of orchid, from Greek orkhis (genitive orkheos) "orchid," literally "testicle," from PIE *orghi-, the standard root for "testicle" (cf. Avestan erezi "testicles," Armenian orjik, Middle Irish uirgge, Irish uirge "testicle," Lithuanian erzilas "stallion"). The plant so called because of the shape of its root. Earlier in English in Latin form, orchis (1560s), and in Middle English it was ballockwort (c.1300; see ballocks). Marred by extraneous -d- in an attempt to extract the Latin stem.