ladies' tresses


plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: any of a widely distributed genus (Spiranthes) of terrestrial orchids with slender often twisted spikes of white irregular flowers

Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ladies' tresses was in 1548

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“Ladies' tresses.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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