noun max·il·lar·ia \ˌmaksəˈla(a)rēə\

Definition of maxillaria

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus of tropical American epiphytic orchids with persistent often leathery leaves and single-flowered scapes that includes several cultivated for their large brilliantly colored flowers

  2. 2 plural -s :  an orchid of the genus Maxillaria

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Origin and Etymology of maxillaria

New Latin, from Latin maxilla jaw + New Latin -aria; from the resemblance of part of the flower to a chin

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