Definition of Fly orchid

1. Noun. Any of several dwarf creeping orchids with small bizarre insect-like hairy flowers on slender stalks.

Generic synonyms: Orchid, Orchidaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Trichoceros, Trichoceros

2. Noun. European orchid whose flowers resemble flies.

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fly Orchid

fly fishing
fly front
fly high
fly honeysuckle
fly in the face of
fly in the ointment
fly in the teeth of
fly into a rage
fly like a rock
fly low
fly off
fly off the handle
fly on
fly on the wall
fly open
fly orchid (current term)
fly out
fly out of the traps
fly outs
fly poison
fly rod
fly sheet
fly swatter
fly tent
fly the coop
fly the freak flag
fly the nest

Literary usage of Fly orchid

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. My Garden, Its Plan and Culture Together with a General Description of Its by Alfred Smee (1872)
"They blossom with me in the very highest perfection when grown in top-spit loam. FIG. 609.—Orchis mascula. FIG. 610.—Bee Orchid FIG. 611.—fly orchid. ..."

2. Town and Window Gardening: Including the Structure, Habits, and Uses of by Catherine M. Buckton (1879)
"Some of the British ones are the Bee Orchid, fly orchid, Man, Lizard, and Lady's Slipper Orchid, &c. ..."

3. Text-book of General Botany by Wilhelm Julius Behrens (1885)
"While in the ordinary orchids I there is but one rostellum, which forms a cup to contain the stalks of the pollen masses, in the fly-orchid it is bilobed, ..."

4. The Plant World by Plant World Association, Wild Flower Preservation Society (U.S.) (1903)
"THE crane-fly orchid ( Tipularia) is said to be " very scarce,'' and the only ones I have seen in fourteen years were come across this summer— seven in one ..."

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