phalaenopsis

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noun phal·ae·nop·sis \ˌfa-lə-ˈnäp-səs\

Definition of phalaenopsis

plural

phalaenopsis

also

phalaenopses

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  1. :  any of a genus (Phalaenopsis) of ornamental epiphytic orchids of southeastern Asia and Australia having fleshy leaves and large showy flowers with broad lateral petals

Origin and Etymology of phalaenopsis

New Latin, from Greek phalaina moth + -opsis


First Known Use: 1846


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