American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Latin, from á½„ÏÏ‡Î¹Ï‚ (orchis, “testicle, plant with tuber so shaped, in genus Orchis")
Orchis Sentence Examples
The word Orchis is used in a special sense to denote a particular genus of the Orchid family (Orchidaceae); very frequently, also, it is employed in a more general way to indicate any member of that large and very interesting group. It will be convenient here to use the word Orchis as applying to that particular genus which gives its name to the order or family, and to employ the term "orchid" in the less precise sense.
- Diagram illustrating arrangement of parts in flower of Orchis.