[ fal-uh-nop-sis ]

noun,plural phal·ae·nop·sis.
  1. any of various epiphytic orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis, native to tropical Asia, having clusters of showy, variously colored flowers.

Origin of phalaenopsis

<New Latin (1825), equivalent to Greek phál(l)ain(a) moth + -opsis-opsis; reflecting the popular name moth orchid

Words Nearby phalaenopsis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use phalaenopsis in a sentence

  • The discovery of phalaenopsis Sanderiana was an interesting event; nor for botanists alone.

    The Woodlands Orchids | Frederick Boyle