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

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Neighbors have banded together to help the Perrys, letting them drive through their land and, in one case, cut down a fence, to travel to their orchid without having to cross the lava stream. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Hawaiian Farmers Brave Lava To Harvest Their Crops," 19 June 2018 Actually, this is a great spot for your orchids during all but the colder months. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Summer is a great time for orchids," 18 June 2018 Sardesai was inspired to promote cosmic farming by his wife Usha, a devotee of the Shiv Yog sect, who had tested the chanting method on her orchids on her front porch. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Goa’s agriculture minister wants farmers to use ‘cosmic farming’ instead of fertilizer," 4 July 2018 UPCOMING Plantation Orchid Society Next meeting Tuesday, July 3, with tips on growing orchids, etc. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Plantation and Sunrise area events, June 20-30," 18 June 2018 Media: Vocativ The shop primarily sells, leases and rents orchids for special events but also supplies them for office buildings, lobbies and other customers, according to Hill. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "10th Annual Bluebonnet Festival slated for March 24," 19 Mar. 2018 Lilies, ranunculus, orchids, and blooming branches typically last longer than other floral types. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "Absolutely Foolproof Ways to Make Spring Flowers Last Longer," 3 Apr. 2019 Add to that, dyed versions of the most popular of orchids. Roxanne Washington, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Botanical Garden 'Orchid Mania' begins: hours, ticket information," 26 Jan. 2018 Vanilla worldwide About 110 species of vanilla orchids grow worldwide in a belt of tropical and subtropical environment stretching from the Americas, across Africa and southern Asia, to the islands of the Pacific. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of orchid

: a plant with flowers that are brightly colored and that have unusual shapes
: a light purple color


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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