orchis

noun
or·​chis | \ ˈȯr-kəs How to pronounce orchis (audio) \

Definition of orchis

: orchid especially : any of a genus (Orchis) of orchids with fleshy roots and a spurred lip

Examples of orchis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In orchids, myth and folk medicine meet The word of the day: orchis. National Geographic, 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of orchis

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orchis

borrowed from Latin (New Latin as a genus name), borrowed from Greek órchis "testicle, orchid" (the latter sense from the testicle-like shape of the paired tubers of some species), going back to Indo-European *h3erǵh-i-, whence also, with differing suffixation and ablaut, Armenian orjik‛ "testicles," Albanian herdhe, Middle Irish uirge, Avestan ərəzi, Hittite arki- "testicle," ark- "mount, copulate (with)" and, as a suffixed noun derivative, Lithuanian er̃žilas (dialectal ar̃žilas) "stallion"

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“Orchis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orchis. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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