satyr orchid


Definition of satyr orchid

: a terrestrial orchid (Coeloglossum bracteatum) of the cooler parts of North America and Europe having broad usually ovate leaves and long-bracted green very irregular flowers

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History and Etymology for satyr orchid

so called from the ancient Greek and Roman belief that certain kinds of orchids were aphrodisiac

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“Satyr orchid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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