Orchid

Macro shot of a pink orchid isolated ob green background. Holiday card.
Categories: Medicinal Plant
Orchid (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

From New Latin Orchideae, Orchidaceae, an irregular formation from Latin orchis, from Ancient Greek ὄρχις (órkhis, orchid, testicle) (ostensibly from the shape of the roots). Supplanted Middle English ballockwort (literally testicle plant).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɔː.kɪd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔɹ.kɪd/

Noun

orchid (plural orchids)

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