Definition of ladies' tresses

: any of a widely distributed genus (Spiranthes) of terrestrial orchids with slender often twisted spikes of white irregular flowers

First Known Use of ladies' tresses

1548, in the meaning defined above

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“Ladies' tresses.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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