[ awr-ki-dey-shuh s ]
/ ˌɔr kɪˈdeɪ ʃəs /


belonging to the plant family Orchidaceae.


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Compare orchid family.

Origin of orchidaceous

1830–40; < New Latin Orchidace(ae) (see orchid, -aceae) + -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for orchidaceous

/ (ˌɔːkɪˈdeɪʃəs) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Orchidaceae, a family of flowering plants including the orchids
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