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Definition for orchid (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE ORCHID-
What does orchid- mean?
Orchid- 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.
Orchid- is a variant of orchido-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
Want to know more? Read our Words That Use orchido- article.
Examples of orchid-
What are some words that use or are related to the combining form orchid-?
- orchidaceous (using the equivalent form of orchid- in New Latin)
What are some other forms that orchid- may be commonly confused with?
The word orchestra, despite beginning with the letters orch-, is not related to the combining form orchido-. Learn more about the Greek origins of this musical term at our entry for the word.
Example sentences from the Web for orchid
"I found it completely riveting," said Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief.
In the dusty corridors of power, Disraeli was an exotic orchid whose drag enlivened many a boring wet Monday.
In the center of the room, a circular glass table displayed a single white orchid.
She had been raised as a debutante, a beautiful, delicate orchid from Vancouver, Canada.
On my kitchen windowsill (yes, I have a windowed kitchen, my first ever), are four orchid plants.
The boys light Roman candles, shooting crimson and orchid and brass-flamed astonishers into the clouds.The Great Potlatch Riots|Allen Kim Lang
The Iris is to the garden what the Orchid is to the greenhouse.Amateur Gardencraft|Eben E. Rexford
The Orchid family is certainly the most curious in the vegetable kingdom, as it is almost the most extensive, except the Grasses.The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare|Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
This was not a sea-weed, but a lichen—probably the same from which the orchid purple of modern art is prepared.Needlework As Art|Marian Alford
A beautiful pink and white ground orchid (Calanthe) was plentiful.Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines|H. Wilfrid Walker