Origin of orchid
Related Words for orchidcolor, mauve, plum, lilac, lavender, periwinkle, violet, admiration, applause, commendation, homage, ovation, blessing, courtesy, adulation, endorsement, tribute, heliotrope, pomegranate, mulberry
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Daintily swinging, like clustered pearls, were the petals of the orchid.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Who shall claim to know his orchid who knows not its insect sponsor?
Angræcum, orchid of Madagascar, with nectary eleven inches long, 219.
How are we to know that this blossom which we plucked is an orchid?
He would also carry out his dream by making the orchid a gift to Lady Coke.Chatterbox, 1906
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.