orchid

noun or·chid \ ˈȯr-kəd \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of orchid

1 : any of a large family (Orchidaceae, the orchid family) of perennial epiphytic or terrestrial monocotyledonous plants that usually have showy 3-petaled flowers with the middle petal enlarged into a lip and differing from the others in shape and color
2 : a light purple

orchidlike

play \ˈȯr-kəd-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of orchid

borrowed from New Latin orchid-, the base of the taxa names Orchideae and Orchidaceae — more at orchidaceous


ORCHID Defined for English Language Learners

orchid

Definition of orchid for English Language Learners

  • : a plant with flowers that are brightly colored and that have unusual shapes

  • : a light purple color


ORCHID Defined for Kids

orchid

noun or·chid \ ˈȯr-kəd \

Definition of orchid for Students

: a plant with usually showy flowers with three petals of which the middle petal is enlarged and differs from the others in shape and color


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