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  1. any orchid.
  2. any of various terrestrial orchids, especially of the genus Orchis, of temperate regions, having spikelike flowers.
  3. fringed orchis.
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Origin of orchis

1555–65; < Latin < Greek órchis testicle, plant with roots like testicles
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Examples from the Web for orchis

Historical Examples

  • I often speculated how the caudicle of Orchis had been formed.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II

    Charles Darwin

  • I went after an orchis, and then I saw some Solomon's seal; and oh!


    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • With much grief of heart, China Aster so informed Orchis' agent.

    The Confidence-Man

    Herman Melville

  • Doubtless, had Orchis been in the country, he would have aided him in this strait.

    The Confidence-Man

    Herman Melville

  • And did it not bring about what in effect was the enmity of Orchis?

    The Confidence-Man

    Herman Melville

British Dictionary definitions for orchis


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

C16: via Latin from Greek orkhis testicle; so called from the shape of its roots
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

orchis in Medicine


  1. testis