maxillaria

noun
max·​il·​lar·​ia | \ ˌmaksəˈla(a)rēə\

Definition of maxillaria

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 plural -s : an orchid of the genus Maxillaria

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History and Etymology for 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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