The actress attended the premiere wearing an orchidaceous creation by a renowned fashion designer.
"Where I am, in orchidaceous Hawaii, among squawking geese, the sun glittering on the sea. " Paul Theroux in answer to the question "Where would you most like to be right now?" in an interview in The Guardian (London), May 25, 2013
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In its sense first used by botanists in the 1830s, "orchidaceous" means "belonging to the family Orchidaceae"that is, to the orchid family, a very large family of flowering plants. While the basic shape of an orchid is simplethree petals with, on many orchids, an enlarged middle petalthere is no such thing as a typical orchid. Orchids range in size from very tiny flowers on inch-high plants to flowers a foot across, and they grow in habitats from tropical rain forests to semideserts. But when people use "orchidaceous" as a synonym for "flashy" in phrases like "orchidaceous writing," "orchidaceous colors," and "orchidaceous ladies," it's the colorful, showy tropical species they have in mindspecies which, as Jacob Breynius, a 17th-century German botanist, put it, "surely excite our greatest admiration."
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