capitalized : a very large genus of somewhat glabrous orchids chiefly of the northern hemisphere with usually small flowers having the lip lobed, entire, or fringed and borne in racemes or spikes see fringed orchis, rein orchis
plural -s : any plant of the genus Habenaria or its flower

Word History


New Latin, from Latin habena strap, thong (from habēre to have, hold) + New Latin -aria; from the shape of parts of the flowers

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“Habenaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habenaria. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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