habenaria

noun hab·e·nar·ia \ˌhabəˈna(a)rēə\

Definition of habenaria

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

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Origin and Etymology of habenaria

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


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