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[ awr-kis ]
/ ˈɔr kɪs /


any orchid.
any of various terrestrial orchids, especially of the genus Orchis, of temperate regions, having spikelike flowers.

Nearby words

orchiocele, orchiopathy, orchiopexy, orchioplasty, orchiotomy, orchis, orchitic, orchitis, orchotomy, orcin, orcinol

Origin of orchis

1555–65; < Latin < Greek órchis testicle, plant with roots like testicles Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for orchis


/ (ˈɔːkɪs) /


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
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

Medicine definitions for orchis


[ ôrkĭs ]


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