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phalaenopsis

[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.
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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.
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Historical Examples of phalaenopsis

  • 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