Other definitions 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.
How to use orchid in a sentence
"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