Definition of phalaenopsis
plural phal·ae·nopsis also phal·ae·nop·sesplay \-ˌsēz\
: any of a genus (Phalaenopsis) of ornamental epiphytic orchids of southeastern Asia and Australia having fleshy leaves and large showy flowers with broad lateral petals
Origin of phalaenopsis
New Latin, from Greek phalaina moth + -opsis
First Known Use: 1846
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