phal·​ae·​nop·​sis ˌfa-lə-ˈnäp-səs How to pronounce phalaenopsis (audio)
plural phalaenopsis also phalaenopses ˌfa-lə-ˈnäp-ˌsēz How to pronounce phalaenopsis (audio)
: 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

Examples of phalaenopsis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the central, and first, installations that the visitor encounters is, in fact, a magnification of the illustration that appeared on the scroll—a glorious tidal wave of phalaenopsis that looms over the visitor. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 17 Feb. 2023 Your phalaenopsis, often called a moth orchid, may take a short rest but can be back in bloom in a few months. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 21 Jan. 2023 Customers can choose single-variety or mixed bouquets, which might feature timeless favorites like king protea, O’Hara roses and phalaenopsis orchids, along with a few varieties endemic to the continent, including golden wattles, boronias, flannel flowers and callicarpas. New York Times, 4 May 2021 Many phalaenopsis orchids are gifted in containers without adequate drainage. Tom MacCubbin,, 1 Jan. 2022 The tables were adorned with white lisianthuses, ranunculus, phalaenopsis orchids, roses, and greenery, all placed on runners. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2021 Brighten up a meditation corner in someone’s home with a phalaenopsis orchid from Just Add Ice. Joni Sweet, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Your favorite nursery may have a good selection of holiday plants such as Christmas cactus, phalaenopsis orchids, paperwhite, cyclamen and amaryllis on sale now that the Christmas rush is over. Calvin Finch,, 2 Jan. 2020 More for your money: Once the phalaenopsis is done blooming, trim its stems back, put it outside (in warm climates) out of direct sun, or stick them in a tree, and look forward to another round of blossoms. Contributing Writer,, 10 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Greek phalaina moth + -opsis

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phalaenopsis was in 1846

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“Phalaenopsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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