Adder's-mouth Definition

Any of various chiefly terrestrial orchids of the genus Malaxis, having terminal clusters of small, often greenish flowers.
American Heritage
Any of a number of related orchids (genus Malaxis) with greenish flowers.
Webster's New World

Origin of Adder's-mouth

  • From the resemblance of its flowers to the open mouths of snakes

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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