satyr orchid

noun

: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Satyr orchid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/satyr%20orchid. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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