orchid

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noun
  1. any terrestrial or epiphytic plant of the family Orchidaceae, of temperate and tropical regions, having usually showy flowers.: Compare orchid family.

  2. the flower of any of these plants.

  1. a bluish to reddish purple.

Origin of orchid

1
1835–45; <New Latin Orchideae (later Orchidaceae) family name, equivalent to Latin orch(is) a plant (see orchis) + -ideae, irregular suffix (cf. -idae); see -id2

Other definitions for orchid- (2 of 2)

orchid-

  1. variant of orchido- before a vowel: orchidology.

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British Dictionary definitions for orchid

orchid

/ (ˈɔːkɪd) /


noun
  1. any terrestrial or epiphytic plant of the family Orchidaceae, often having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colours, specialized for pollination by certain insects: See bee orchid, burnt-tip orchid, fly orchid, frog orchid, lady orchid, lizard orchid, man orchid, monkey orchid, purple-fringed orchid, pyramidal orchid, scented orchid, spider orchid, spotted orchid

Origin of orchid

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C19: from New Latin Orchideae; see orchis

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