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