Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

phalaenopsis

[fal-uh-nop-sis]
See more synonyms for phalaenopsis on Thesaurus.com
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.
Show More

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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for phalaenopsis

Historical Examples

  • The glimpse of that Aerides and the assurance of a red Phalaenopsis made him impatient.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • The story of Phalaenopsis Sanderiana is a striking instance.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • But after negotiation some of the men led Roebelin to see the Phalaenopsis.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • Further back in the mountains I came across some fine species of Phalaenopsis.

  • Under these remarkable circumstances some scores of Phalaenopsis were thriving as I never saw them elsewhere.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle