or·​chid | \ ˈȯr-kəd How to pronounce orchid (audio) \

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

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Other Words from orchid

orchidlike \ ˈȯr-​kəd-​ˌlīk How to pronounce orchid (audio) \ adjective

Examples of orchid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At 85,000 acres, nearby Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is Florida’s largest state park, and home to more native species of orchid than anywhere else on the continent. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2022 Meanwhile, the Golden Nectar Eau de Parfum is a floral blend of orchid and amber that'll make any day feel like a sunny spring morning. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 27 May 2022 Bletilla, also called Chinese ground orchid, is a stunning low-maintenance addition to any garden. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, House Beautiful, 25 May 2022 Organic jojoba oil, orchid extract, organic macadamia oil, shea butter, and algae extract are a few of the many extraordinary botanicals. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 Don’t miss the botanical and sculpture gardens, which are perfumed by the jasmine and orchid flowers that bloom all over. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 19 May 2022 From the soft warm ivory fabric of the dining chairs and the beauty of the orchid centerpiece to the luxe feel of the large-scale chandelier and marble table countertop, the wallpaper plays with the monochromatic tones and colors of nature. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 Add a narrow console table behind your sofa to showcase decorative table lamps, accessories, an orchid or even a water feature. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 2 May 2022 The San Diego Botanic Garden will host its second spring orchid showcase, World of Orchids, starting Saturday , May 7 and continuing through June 12. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of orchid

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for orchid

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

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22 Jun 2022

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“Orchid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orchid. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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or·​chid | \ ˈȯr-kəd How to pronounce orchid (audio) \

Kids Definition of orchid

: 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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