any terrestrial or epiphytic plant of the family Orchidaceae, of temperate and tropical regions, having usually showy flowers.: Compare orchid family.
the flower of any of these plants.
a bluish to reddish purple.
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How to use orchid in a sentence
The Colombia trip includes foraging from forests outside Bogotá and eyeing orchids in Medellín (not edible).
I remember ripening coffee beans hanging down the banks, and masses of wild orchids.Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil | Annabel Langbein | November 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Banquet tables were bedecked with orchids, candles, and sandalwood fans to prevent sweating in eveningwear.
The dining tables are laden with orchids and crystal and old, heavy silver.
Nearly all valuable, lightweight goods like electronics or perishables (like orchids) now travel by air.
In some, waves of silk and ribbon broke over shores of imitation moss from which ravishing hats rose like tropical orchids.Summer | Edith Wharton
There was a profusion of silver, very beautiful glass, and a wonderful cluster of orchids.The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
Th' ammunition hoists ar-re filled with American beauty roses an' orchids.Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne
At the last minute the table had had to be redecorated, because Ferdie had been seized with a desire to have orchids.Happy House | Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
Marquis Gonzaga sent me the loveliest bunch of flowers, great orchids tied with a beautiful ribbon.Polly the Pagan | Isabel Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for orchid
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
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