Definitions for orchisˈɔr kɪs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any terrestrial or epiphytic orchid of the genus Orchis, bearing flowers on spikes.
Origin of orchis:
1555–65; < L < Gk órchis testicle
any of various deciduous terrestrial orchids having fleshy tubers and flowers in erect terminal racemes
testis, testicle, orchis, ball, ballock, bollock, nut, egg(noun)
one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
"she kicked him in the balls and got away"
Any plant of the genus Orchis; an orchid
Orchis is a genus in the orchid family. This genus gets its name from the Ancient Greek ὄρχις orchis, meaning "testicle", from the appearance of the paired subterranean tuberoids. This genus occurs mainly in Europe, NW Africa, and it stretches as far Tibet, Mongolia, China and Japan. These terrestrial orchids have tubers instead of pseudobulbs. They are extremely diverse in appearance. They produce an erect stem. The inflorescence is a cylindrical to globular spike 5–15 cm long with yellow, red to purple flowers. They start flowering at the base, slowly progressing upwards, except the Monkey orchid that flowers in reverse order. The original genus Orchis used to contain more than 1,300 names. Since it was polyphyletic, it has been divided by Pridgeon et al., into several new genera: Ponerorchis, Schizodium, Steveniella.
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