- 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 color
Origin of orchidfrom Modern Latin Orchideae: so named (1751) by 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 slipper Cypripedium calceolus
- (colour) having a light purple colour.