[ fal-uh-nop-sis ]
/ ˌfæl əˈnɒp sɪs /

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.

Origin of phalaenopsis

< New Latin (1825), equivalent to Greek phál(l)ain(a) moth + -opsis -opsis; reflecting the popular name moth orchid
Also called moth orchid. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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