noun Spi·ran·thes \spīˈran(t)(ˌ)thēz\

Definition of Spiranthes

  1. :  a large widely distributed genus of terrestrial orchids with slender often twisted spikes of white irregular flowers — see screw auger

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Origin and Etymology of spiranthes

New Latin, from spir- + -anthes

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a brief usually trivial fact

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