- The definition of an orchid is a blooming plant with waxy leaves, or the flower of the plant used as a floral decoration.
- An example of an orchid is the yellow bloom known as a Dancing Lady orchid.
- An example of an orchid is the pink plant used as a corsage for a prom date.
- a perennial plant of the orchid family, that grows in the ground or as an epiphyte and is characterized by waxy pollen masses, minute seeds, and bilaterally symmetrical flowers with three petals, one of which is lip-shaped with many distinctive forms
- the flower of such a plant; esp., any of the brightly colored tropical varieties cultivated for wear as a corsage
- a light bluish red, or pale purple
Origin of orchid; from Modern Latin Orchideae: so named (1751) by Carolus Linnaeus ; from an unverified form orchid-, mistaken as stem of Classical Latin orchis: see orchis
- of this color
- designating a worldwide family (Orchidaceae, order Orchidales) of monocotyledonous plants
- a. A member of the orchid family.b. A flower of one of these plants, especially a cultivated species.
- A pale to light purple, from grayish to purplish pink to strong reddish purple.
Origin of orchidFrom New Latin Orchideae, family name, from New Latin orchis, orchid-, orchid, from Latin orchis, a kind of orchid, from Greek orkhis, testicle, orchid (from the shape of its tubers).
yellow lady's slipperCypripedium calceolus
- (colour) having a light purple colour.
Variant of orchido-
- testicle: orchidotomy
- orchid: orchidology
Also, before a vowel, orchid-
Origin of orchido-; from an unverified form orchidos, mistaken as genitive of Classical Greek orchis, testicle: see orchis