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orchis

[awr-kis]
noun
  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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Historical Examples of orchis

  • 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!

    Heartsease

    Charlotte M. Yonge

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

    The Confidence-Man

    Herman Melville

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

    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

orchis

noun
  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 for orchis

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

orchis

(ôrkĭs)
n.
  1. testis
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