Definition of Ophrys
1. Noun. A hardy genus of terrestrial orchids of Europe and northern Africa and western Asia.
Generic synonyms: Liliopsid Genus, Monocot Genus
Group relationships: Family Orchidaceae, Orchid Family, Orchidaceae
Member holonyms: Spider Orchid
Lexicographical Neighbors of Ophrys
Literary usage of Ophrys
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Various Contrivances by which Orchids are Fertilized by Insects by Charles Darwin (1889)
"Fly and Spider ophrys—Bee ophrys, apparently adapted for perpetual self-fertilisation, ... THE genus ophrys diners from Orchis chiefly in having separate ..."
2. English Botany; Or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with Their Essential ...by James Edward Smith, James Sowerby by James Edward Smith, James Sowerby (1796)
"SPEC. CHAR. Root of clustered fleshy fibres. A pair of heart-shaped leaves on the stem. Nectary with four lobes. SYN. ophrys cordata. Linn. Sp. PI. 134O. ..."
3. A Systematic Arrangement of British Plants: With an Easy Introduction to the by William Withering (1812)
"ophrys. Mr. T?;iy mentions a larger sort, found in n pasture near ... and confirms the propriety of Mailer's generic characters. ST. ophrys ..."
4. Notes from a Diary: 1896 to January 23, 1901 by Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff (1905)
"In the afternoon we drove through Wye to a pleasant hunting-ground on the chalk, where Orchis maculata and pyramidalis were in great abundance. ophrys ..."