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
plural -s : an orchid of the genus Maxillaria

Word History


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

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“Maxillaria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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