phalaenopsis


phal·ae·nop·sis

noun \ˌfa-lə-ˈnäp-səs\
plural phal·ae·nopsis also phal·ae·nop·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of PHALAENOPSIS

:  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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