Orchid Definition

ôrkĭd
orchids
noun
orchids
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.
Webster's New World
A member of the orchid family.
American Heritage
The flower of such a plant; esp., any of the brightly colored tropical varieties cultivated for wear as a corsage.
Webster's New World
A light bluish-red or pale-purple color.
Webster's New World
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.
YourDictionary
Synonyms:
  • orchidaceous plant
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adjective
Of this color.
Webster's New World
Designating a worldwide family (Orchidaceae, order Orchidales) of monocotyledonous plants.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Orchid

Noun

Singular:
orchid
Plural:
orchids

Origin of Orchid

  • From 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)

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

  • From Latin orchis, from Ancient Greek ὄρχις (orkhis, “orchid, testicle") (ostensibly from the shape of the roots).

    From Wiktionary

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