any of various terrestrial orchids, especially of the genus Orchis, of temperate regions, having spikelike flowers.
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 of orchis
I often speculated how the caudicle of Orchis had been formed.
I went after an orchis, and then I saw some Solomon's seal; and oh!
Doubtless, had Orchis been in the country, he would have aided him in this strait.
With much grief of heart, China Aster so informed Orchis' agent.
And did it not bring about what in effect was the enmity of Orchis?
British Dictionary definitions for orchis
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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