phalaenopsis

noun
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) \

Definition of phalaenopsis

: 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 Many phalaenopsis orchids are gifted in containers without adequate drainage. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 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, ExpressNews.com, 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, NOLA.com, 10 Apr. 2018 So to think of the orchid world just in terms of phalaenopsis is akin to regarding the avian world solely in terms of ducks. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, 21 Feb. 2018 Superficially the plant resembles Phalaenopsis gigantea, the largest Phalaenopsis species (native to Borneo). Tom Mirenda, Smithsonian, 17 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of phalaenopsis

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phalaenopsis

New Latin, from Greek phalaina moth + -opsis

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“Phalaenopsis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phalaenopsis. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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