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phalaenopsis

[ fal-uh-nop-sis ]
/ ˌfæl əˈnɒp sɪs /
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noun, plural phal·ae·nop·sis.

any of various epiphytic orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis, native to tropical Asia, having clusters of showy, variously colored flowers.

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Also called moth orchid.

Origin of phalaenopsis

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