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phalaenopsis

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noun phal·ae·nop·sis \ˌfa-lə-ˈnäp-səs\

Definition of phalaenopsis

plural phal·ae·nopsis also phal·ae·nop·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  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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