: a genus of terrestrial orchids with solid tubers that produce simple stems bearing one or few leaves and a raceme of tiny mostly greenish flowers see green adder's-mouth

Word History


New Latin, from Greek, act of softening, from malassein to soften

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“Malaxis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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