hab·​e·​nar·​ia | \ ˌhabəˈna(a)rēə \

Definition of habenaria

1 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
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Habenaria or its flower

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History and Etymology for habenaria

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 8 Jul. 2020.

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