nounpl. phalaenopsis or phal·ae·nop·ses
Any of various epiphytic orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis of Southeast Asia and Australasia, widely cultivated as houseplants for their large variously colored flowers. Also called moth orchid.
Origin of phalaenopsisNew Latin genus name : New Latin phalaena, moth (from Medieval Greek phalaina, variant of Greek phallaina, moth, from phallaina, moth); see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots + –opsis.