Definition of Orchid

1. Noun. Any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors.

Exact synonyms: Orchidaceous Plant
Terms within: Mentum, Mentum
Generic synonyms: Flower
Group relationships: Family Orchidaceae, Orchid Family, Orchidaceae
Specialized synonyms: Orchis, Aerides, Angrecum, Jewel Orchid, Adam-and-eve, Aplectrum Hyemale, Puttyroot, Arethusa, Bletia, Bletia Striata, Bletilla Striata, Brassavola, Brassia Lawrenceana, Spider Orchid, Brassia Verrucosa, Spider Orchid, Caladenia, Calanthe, Calopogon Pulchellum, Calopogon Tuberosum, Grass Pink, Calypso, Calypso Bulbosa, Fairy-slipper, Catasetum Macrocarpum, Jumping Orchid, Cattleya, Helleborine, Cleistes Divaricata, Funnel-crest Rosebud Orchid, Pogonia Divaricata, Spreading Pogonia, Cleistes Rosea, Pogonia Rosea, Rosebud Orchid, Coeloglossum Bracteatum, Satyr Orchid, Coeloglossum Viride, Frog Orchid, Coelogyne, Coral Root, Helmet Orchid, Helmetflower, Swan Orchid, Swan-flower, Swan-neck, Swanflower, Swanneck, Cymbid, Cymbidium, Cypripedia, Ladies' Slipper, Lady's Slipper, Lady-slipper, Slipper Orchid, Marsh Orchid, Common Spotted Orchid, Dactylorhiza Fuchsii, Dactylorhiza Maculata Fuchsii, Dendrobium, Disa, Eburophyton Austinae, Phantom Orchid, Snow Orchid, Cattleya Citrina, Encyclia Citrina, Tulip Orchid, Butterfly Orchid, Encyclia Tampensis, Epidendrum Tampense, Butterfly Orchid, Butterfly Orchis, Encyclia Venosa, Epidendrum Venosum, Epidendron, Helleborine, Tongue-flower, Tongueflower, Helleborine, Rattlesnake Plantain, Fragrant Orchid, Gymnadenia Conopsea, Gymnadenia Odoratissima, Short-spurred Fragrant Orchid, Fringed Orchid, Fringed Orchis, Frog Orchid, Rein Orchid, Rein Orchis, Crested Coral Root, Hexalectris Spicata, Hexalectris Warnockii, Texas Purple Spike, Himantoglossum Hircinum, Lizard Orchid, Laelia, Liparis, Twayblade, Fen Orchid, Fen Orchis, Liparis Loeselii, Broad-leaved Twayblade, Listera Convallarioides, Lesser Twayblade, Listera Cordata, Listera Ovata, Twayblade, Green Adder's Mouth, Malaxis Ophioglossoides, Malaxis-unifolia, Masdevallia, Maxillaria, Pansy Orchid, Odontoglossum, Butterfly Orchid, Butterfly Plant, Dancing Lady Orchid, Oncidium, Bee Orchid, Ophrys Apifera, Fly Orchid, Ophrys Insectifera, Ophrys Muscifera, Spider Orchid, Venus' Slipper, Venus's Shoe, Venus's Slipper, Phaius, Moth Orchid, Moth Plant, Rattlesnake Orchid, Habenaria Bifolia, Lesser Butterfly Orchid, Platanthera Bifolia, Greater Butterfly Orchid, Habenaria Chlorantha, Platanthera Chlorantha, Platanthera Leucophea, Prairie White-fringed Orchid, Tangle Orchid, Indian Crocus, Pleurothallis, Pogonia, Butterfly Orchid, Greenhood, Helmet Orchid, Foxtail Orchid, Orange-blossom Orchid, Sarcochilus Falcatus, Sobralia, Ladies' Tresses, Lady's Tresses, Stanhopea, Stelis, Fly Orchid, Vanda, Vanilla

Definition of Orchid

1. n. Any plant of the order Orchidaceæ. See Orchidaceous.

Definition of Orchid

1. Noun. a plant of the orchid family, bearing unusually-shaped flowers of beautiful colours. ¹

2. Noun. (colour) a light bluish-red, violet-red or purple colour. ¹

3. Adjective. (colour) having a light purple colour. ¹

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Definition of Orchid

1. a flowering plant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Orchid

1. Any plant of the order Orchidaceae. See Orchidaceous. See: Orchis. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Orchid

orchid (current term)
orchid cactus
orchid family
orchid tree
orchidaceous plant

Literary usage of Orchid

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

1. Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Henry Mills Alden (1882)
"Their endless forms and colors have afforded sufficient stimulus to most botanists, but any one who will go through an orchid conservatory in company with ..."

2. Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society by Royal Horticultural Society (Great Britain). (1886)
"orchid culture is of importance, one neglected item often causing ... Let us glance at a few of the most important matters, beginning with THE orchid HOUSE. ..."

3. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1914)
"AW Kramer. Musician. 13: 14-5. Ja. '14. See ateo School orchestras; Stringed Instruments; Unit orchestra. orchid of sudden death: adventure of Fanny ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"... an orchid (Onri- dium papilio) brought from Trinidad. It is so called because its large yellow and red blossoms, poised on slender flower-stalks and ..."

5. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington by Biological Society of Washington (1905)
"The orchid floras of peninsular Florida and of the West Indies are so similar in the genera and species common to both that it is not surprising to find, ..."

6. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1890)
"2); others, which live on the trunks Fio. 2.—orchid- ... or orchid«. of trees, can be placed in hanging baskets,or fixed in front of a mirr"i- which will ..."

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