What does orchid mean?

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ˈɔr kɪdor·chid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. orchid, orchidaceous plantnoun

    any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors


  1. orchidnoun

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

  2. orchidadjective

    (colour) having a light purple colour.

  3. Etymology: From orchis, from ὄρχις


  1. Orchid

    Orchids are plants that belong to the family Orchidaceae (), a diverse and widespread group of flowering plants with blooms that are often colourful and fragrant. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. The Orchidaceae have about 28,000 currently accepted species, distributed in about 763 genera. The determination of which family is larger is still under debate, because verified data on the members of such enormous families are continually in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species is nearly equal to the number of bony fishes, more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. The family encompasses about 6–11% of all species of seed plants. The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species). It also includes Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant), the type genus Orchis, and many commonly cultivated plants such as Phalaenopsis and Cattleya. Moreover, since the introduction of tropical species into cultivation in the 19th century, horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars.


  1. orchid

    An orchid is a family of flowering plants that is one of the two largest families of flowering plants in the world, with over 28000 species. Orchids can come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors, and they are typically characterized by their bilaterally symmetric flowers. Some species grow on trees or rocks, and a few grow in the ground. They usually prefer warm, tropical climates, but can be found all over the world.


  1. Orchid

    Orchid was a screamo band from Amherst, Massachusetts, United States. Considered by many to be one of the pioneers of the "screamo" sound, Orchid combined this with a post-modern aesthetic, releasing several extended play and splits as well as three LPs. The band consisted of Jayson Green as lead vocalist, drummer Jeffrey Salane, guitarist Will Killingsworth and bassist Geoff Garlock. In 1999 Orchid released their first record Chaos Is Me and a year after in 2000 released Dance Tonight! Revolution Tomorrow! In July 2002 they released their third studio album Gatefold and later in the year, in September, Orchid released a compilation of both their first and second albums onto CD containing all 21 tracks from both. After the release of both they split up. Posthumously, in 2005 Orchid released Totality, a compilation album comprised all of 24 tracks from out of press and hard to find B-side and split EP material previously only available on vinyl.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Orchid

    or′kid, n. a plant with a rich, showy, often fragrant flower, frequently found growing, in warm countries, on rocks and stems of trees.—adjs. Orchidā′ceous, Orchid′ēous, pertaining to the orchids.—ns. Orchidol′ogy, the knowledge of orchids; Or′chis, a genus containing ten of the British species of orchids. [Gr. orchis, a testicle.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Orchid

    From the Greek orchis, a testicle, which the root of this plant resembles.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of orchid in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of orchid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  1. Francesca Knittel Bowyer:

    Mummy had the fragility of an orchid, the energy of a hummingbird, the tenacity of a hunter. She could change calm waters into a raging storm with a look and the lift of a finger, my heart is a hole without her, but that hole will definitely be filled with incredible memories, sweet, salty and funny. I want her memory to linger with those who knew her and be given to those who did not.

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