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orchis

[ awr-kis ]
/ ˈɔr kɪs /
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noun
any orchid.
any of various terrestrial orchids, especially of the genus Orchis, of temperate regions, having spikelike flowers.
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Origin of orchis

1555–65; <Latin <Greek órchis testicle, plant with roots like testicles
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British Dictionary definitions for orchis

orchis
/ (ˈɔːkɪs) /

noun
any terrestrial orchid of the N temperate genus Orchis, having fleshy tubers and spikes of typically pink flowers
any of various temperate or tropical orchids of the genus Habenaria, such as the fringed orchis

Word Origin for orchis

C16: via Latin from Greek orkhis testicle; so called from the shape of its roots
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